Thursday 30 September 2010

Hoops and Hopes for a DES Apology

The following is a message from Caitlin McCarthy in USA:

I have just received the following email from Senator Brown's office (copying Senator Kerry's office):
"Hi Caitlin:
Unfortunately, and despite our offices many attempts to raise awareness of this issue, it does not appear that the US Government - including the FDA - will issue a formal apology at this time.
If you would like to continue to pursue this matter, we suggest you consider working with members of the Senate HELP Committee, which has jurisdiction over the FDA. The Senate HELP website can be found at
We wish we could have provided you with the resolution that you desire and wish you best of luck in your future efforts.
Thank you."

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my DES blog post, add the blog post links to their Facebook and Twitter pages, and spread the word about the DES apology attempt. I honestly did my best. Moving forward, I'm going to focus my attention on raising awareness about DES through my feature film screenplay WONDER DRUG.

I encourage anyone who wants to continue pursuing the DES apology to contact the Senate HELP Committee (see link above).

Thank you again for your help and support.

- Caitlin

COMMENT:Hearty congratulations to Caitlin and all supporters -the seeds are now sown towards a DES Apology!

More news....Caitlin's nomination as Intelligent Optimist is online with Ode Magazine

Tuesday 28 September 2010

"Huff" gets onto Apology

The Huffington Post, ranked the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer, today is featuring a huge item by Diana Bianchini about the need for a DES apology from the US Government.

See it now - One of America's Deepest Darkest Family Secrets: The DES Drug Disaster at

Please note the statement: "A U.S. apology would also raise global awareness about DES."

Now we urge you to post comments under the DES article to let everyone know about the DES problems in Australia! Here is a chance to "let fly"!!

If you haven't already written to the US Senators to help make the Apology happen, their addresses are at previous blog "US Push for DES Apology".

Saturday 18 September 2010

US Push for DES Apology

See blog post:

US screenwriter, Caitlin McCarthy (DES daughter) has a new blog post on acclaimed author Elizabeth Searle's site entitled SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD: Where is the Public Apology for DES, the World's First Drug Disaster? This blog post is a must see for anyone concerned about justice regarding DES exposure.

Caitlin's arguments are forthright and strong as she describes her lobbying on the issue of apology for DES with the Massachusetts Senators Kerry and Brown. You don't have to live in USA to voice your support and Caitlin provides options and the contacts in USA for us here in Australia to have a say.

There is potential for Australian media interest in the Public Apology for DES, with some real flow on benefits for the DES exposed community of Australia. Some of these benefits would include public recognition of the DES issue and public interest in the welfare of those exposed. These things would help validate the trauma and alleviate the suffering of those affected. It would also help inform up to 568,000 DES exposed Australians, who still today, are unaware of the fact of their DES exposure, and are suffering the effects of DES without knowing why and what they can do about it. A US Public Apology for DES may even set a precedent for the Australian government to issue a National Apology and go on to formally recognise the rights of Australians to be informed of the possibility of having been DES exposed. Food for thought???

Visit Caitlin's blog post now to check out her options in supporting a US Apology for DES. If you are outside USA and having difficulty with the web forms of Senators Kerry and Brown, you can send a letter to the following addresses:

Senator John Kerry (MA)
United States Senate
218 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Scott Brown (MA)
United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2102