Ladies, are you already feeling down what with the nightmarish disaster of Hurricane Katrina? Well, here's a little more news just to let you know that the Bush administration is quite capable of fucking you over in more than one way at the same time:
The highly regarded women's health chief at the Food and Drug Administration resigned Wednesday in protest of her agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.
Assistant Commissioner Susan Wood charged that FDA's leader overruled his own scientists' determination that the morning-after pill could safely be sold without a prescription, and stunned his employees last week by instead postponing indefinitely a decision on whether to let that happen.
So who's calling the shots here?
FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford is out of town, but the agency issued a statement Wednesday saying Wood had helped make "significant strides" in advancing women's health and that "her decision to leave is unfortunate as we work toward solving the complex policy and regulatory issues related to Plan B."
Ah, so young Lester has learned well from his Republican masters -- screw everyone over and get out of town. But how exactly did such a total cretin get confirmed for this position?
The FDA's latest delay was a surprise: Crawford won Senate confirmation to begin his job this summer only after promising senators to make a final decision by Sept. 1.
Oh. He lied. That explains it.