FDA Director of Women’s Health resigns

Hmmm…I wonder why. Susan Wood, Director of the Office of Women’s Health and Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, sent around the following email to her friends and colleagues:

I regret to tell you that I am leaving the FDA, and will no longer be serving as the Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health and Director of the FDA Office of Women’s Health. The recent decision announced by the Commissioner about emergency contraception, which continues to limit women’s access to a product that would reduce unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions is contrary to my core commitment to improving and advancing women’s health. I have spent the last 15 years working to ensure that science informs good health policy decisions. I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended for approval by the professional staff here, has been overuled. I therefore have submitted my resignation effective today.
I will greatly miss working with such an outstanding group of scientists, clinicians and support staff. FDA’s staff is of the highest caliber and it has been a priviledge to work with you all. I hope to have future opportunities to work with you in a different capacity.
Sincerely,
Susan

Damn! Kudos to her for taking a stand, but this still just makes me sad.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted August 31, 2005 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Damn, I kind of wish she had stayed on and kept fighting. Now they’ll just hire someone willing to cheerlead for their ideology. Sigh. But it’s good to know that she at least raised a ruckus before she left.

  2. Posted August 31, 2005 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I get the impression that her talents are being wasted in her current position – the “power” she has really doesn’t exist, so she might as well move to a different position where she can actually make a difference, instead of just banging her head against a wall.

  3. Posted August 31, 2005 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    even if it weren’t the case that yellownumber5 stated, i can see how working in an environment like that would be pretty soul-crushing… i’ve quit because of politics in much less intense scenarios. can’t really fault her for it.
    anyways… i hope she goes on to continue to raise a ruckus to all those muthafuckas…

  4. JesusJonesSuperstar
    Posted August 31, 2005 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I believe she resigned after the current administration attempted to make women’s health illegal.

  5. Posted August 31, 2005 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    haha… that’s funny… really sad, but funny

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