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The DES Archives: Learning from a Public Health Tragedy

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By Su Robotti

The history of the drug DES and the organization DES Action includes court battles that changed laws, grassroots organizing that grew into advocacy at the highest levels, the FDA’s failure to protect women, questions of DES’s role in gender and transgender identity, and reproductive rights violated on a massive scale, including more than 5 million women.

DES was a synthetic hormone given to pregnant women from the 1940s through the early 1970s. Poorly conducted research seemed to indicate that it saved pregnancies Leave a comment

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