Why is it that I haven't seen anyone commenting on just how fucking frightening it is that women's health care in the US has taken a severe blow recently?
Is everyone aware that we are now considered so important in the landscape of our current administration that the nonsensical appointment of a VETERINARIAN as acting director of the Office of Women's Heath has occurred in 2005?
By a veterinarian, Lester Crawford, who is now head of the FDA. By a veterinarian who was not voted into the position earlier this year because the FDA, after 2 years, still had not voted on "Plan B."
For the record, it should be noted that Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services, promised that the FDA would act by Sept. 1, on the "Plan B" matter and as a result senators Murray and Clinton let Crawford's nomination go through.
Unfortunately, Micheal Leavitt must have had his fingers crossed when he made that promise, because the FDA has once again delayed their decision on the matter.
So, back to the appointee: Norris E. Alderson, PhD (that PhD, it should make me feel all warm and fuzzy?), our new head of Women's Health, has according to several sources spent his career in the FDA within the Center for Veterinary Medicine.
Well, of course, because there are so many similarities between women's health and veterinary medicine.
If you feel as outraged by this as I do, please feel free to go here and take action.
Please remember that I love most animals more than humans, and my crushes have (mostly) been on veterinarians who have taken loving care of my animals over the years. So this isn't a veterinarian bash, but rather a "what the fuck?" statement about how an animal specialist becomes an appointee for women's health.
Besides, everyone knows how much more competitive most veterinary schools are than medical schools, right?