Former U.S. Surgeon General Honored for Commitment to Women’s Health Issues
Dr. Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, was honored by Pharmacia & Upjohn (P&U) with a Women’s Health Achievement Award. In accepting the award, Elders, known for her commitment to women’s health, addressed reproductive issues in the U.S. today saying, “I am disturbed when I see health legislation limiting the information we can give to young people about sexuality and contraception. Reproductive health policy in this country should be comprehensive, not limited.”
“Through her candor and commitment, Dr. Elders has been a lightning rod and a pioneer for reproductive health issues,” said Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Elders, who was fired from her post as Surgeon General in 1994 by President Clinton, continually battled conservatives on the issues of abortion and sex education.