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[–] RikkiTikkiTavi [OP] 8 points (+8|-0) Edited

In 1960, during her first month at the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey took a bold stance against inadequate testing and corporate pressure when she refused to approve release of thalidomide in the United States. The drug had been used as a sleeping pill and was later proven to have caused thousands of birth deformities in Germany and Great Britain. Dr. Frances Kathleen Oldham Kelsey

I just ran across a video about thalidomide and found out about this doctors unwaivering stance against the drug companies who wanted to push to have this drug approved in the US. Because of her many babies were saved from the thalidomide fate of others.

Video that mentions her

Her Wikipedia page

[–] goneharolding 3 points (+3|-0) Edited

Thanks for the links, this is very interesting! Surface-level, she died in 2015, the year all this gender stuff hit the big time. At the age of 101!

Edit: she stayed at the FDA enforcing the amendments she got passed until 2005! And now, here we are. Coincidence??

Personal level, my mom was born in 1960 and my grandmother was a big fan of pharmaceuticals. Had this drug been approved for US sale, there’s a decent chance I wouldn’t be here rn…

[–] Avadavat 5 points (+5|-0)

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, who, at various times in her career at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration served as Chief of the Division of New Drugs, Director of the Division of Scientific Investigations, and Deputy for Scientific and Medical Affairs (Office of Compliance), is one of my heroes. Against tremendous pressure from politicians and drug companies, she safeguarded the health and well being of young, vulnerable human life, and protected it from the horrific side effects of thalydomide.

Compare that to what's now happening at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has been captured by the gender identity lobby: its 17th Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, a trans-identified male, a gender identity ideologue, publicly asserts that it's reasonable that children who self-identity as trans or the opposite sex can safely go on puperty blockers.

I don't believe that the arc of progress is always forward: in this case, it's doubled back, turned itself inside out, and then doubled down.

[–] tamingthemind 1 points (+1|-0)

Fascinating, thanks for sharing this.

Not directly related, but on the topic of pregnancy - I was reading about twilight sleep recently and it is fascinating stuff.

[–] Zola 1 points (+1|-0)

woman have been constantly dismissed, so i'm glad she persisted and had used scientific language to make her case