I remember seeing this political sign widely used during Bush campaign stops in 2004. "W Stands For Women" I'm not sure what Bush has done for women rights since coming into office besides making Ann Coulter a millionaire but I thought the sign was pretty creative anyways. But if you really want to support women, you could start by actually supporting them. I know this is going to come as a shock to everybody, but Bush has broken yet another promise.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Friday that they yet again refuse to decide on whether American women can get Plan B, or the "morning after pill," over the counter. Now, you may be asking, what does this have to do with Bush. Well Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murry (D-WASH) secured, in writing, last month from the White House that the FDA would stop dragging it's feet on the issue and make a decision by 09/01/05. In return, Sens. Clinton and Murry would lift their hold on the nomination of Lester Crawford to the post of FDA commissioner. Crawford was then confirmed on 07/18/05
So you may be asking, well the FDA must be holding the decision for more medical tests and analysis. Well you would be wrong again. An FDA panel of outside advisers voted 23-4 in December 2003 to recommend the classifying of Plan B to over-the-counter drug. More than 15,000 pages of clinical research from appox. 40 studies were submitted to the FDA with the application.
The following statement was issued today from Dr. George Thomas, board member of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health(r), who testified in support of over-the-counter emergency contraception before the FDA advisory boards in December 2003:
"It's unprecedented to have so many delays when the scientific evidence is so clear. This appears to be yet another stall tactic that puts politics ahead of science. The FDA is a scientific body, but today's announcement has nothing to do with science. To continue stalling, the FDA ignored 15,000 pages of solid clinical data showing that emergency contraception is entirely safe and highly effective, and that women need timely access to it. Stalling and delays only lead to more unintended pregnancies.