Reasonably Ascertainable Reality

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Location: South Jersey, United States

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

This is what I mean...

when I say the 'assault on science' from the Bush Administration.

A congressional audit released Monday cited "unusual" steps in the FDA's initial rejection of over-the-counter emergency contraception, including conflicting accounts of whether top officials made the decision even before scientists finished reviewing the evidence.

Whether you like it or not, this administration, in many instances, has put hard science on the back burner to appease their religious base (or industry base for that matter). You might not be part of that base and that might anger you, but you cannot deny it.

They have allowed industry lobbyists to edit scientific reports to the point of changing conclusions. They have refused to come out against the insertion of 'intelligent design' in science class. And now, more than likely, at some level, they have instructed their appointees to stall this approval from the FDA.

Just a reminder, the FDA scientific advisory panel approved over the counter sales in December of 2003.

We can not legislate values. We can not legislate tradition. We can not legislate morality. Why does the religious right in this country try so hard to do these things? Why does this administration go along with them more often than not?


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