Susan Bucher Bio
Founder: The Coalition for Post Tubal Ligation Women
In 1998, after experiencing untold side effects of a tubal ligation, under the guidance of Dr. Hufnagel, MD, Susan founded the Coalition for Post Women and put in place www.tubal.org. This web site was the first of it's kind to educate women of Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome (PTS) and to expose the politics surrounding the issue. The goals of the CPTwomen are to work to make positive changes and to put laws in place so that all women will be educated of PTS prior to Tubal Ligation.
In conjunction with her activism with the CPTwomen, Susan also worked with:
FAIR (Family Advocating Injury Reduction) also see: here
Past Board Member:
FAIR is an Illinois organization with 3 main objections:
1. Consumer Rights and Safety.
2. Illinois Workman's Comp issues.
3. Patient Medical Rights.
Susan explains, “My work with FAIR was that of 'Medical Rights'. FAIR was working with consumer rights legislators on a IL Patients Rights law for years, with much objection and hard opposition form the medical community. In theory medical boards are put in place to protect the citizens of that state, but it doesn't always work that way. Medical boards are subjected to bias pressure from outside parties, and are guilty of selective enforcement. Selective enforcement includes that of removing whistle blowers who expose other doctors and abusive practices, and/or turning a blind eye and allowing doctors who give bribes or have nepotism to continue to practice. To much extent it's who you are, who you know, if you pay your dues, and who you pay them to...
FAIR was for a number of years the watchdog over the IL DPR (Department of Professional Regulations) who is responsible for licensing doctors, investigating when a complain is made, and discipline doctors when required. It has been uncovered that the "license for bribes" scandal regarding the IL Secretary of State (ex-Governor George Ryan served prison time for this) of selling drivers licenses to truck drivers to finance Governor George Ryan piggy banks and overlapped and extended to the DPR and the licensing of doctors. While the DPR can't "sell" a license to a doctor, they can at direction turn a blind eye and close cases when a complaint is waged against a doctor so that he/she can "retain" their license… hence exposing the "Case Closed" scandals.
Mr. Leonard Sherman, the director of the DPR, resigned (fall '02) publicly stating that he wanted to spend more time with his family. It has been reported however that he was scheduled to be indicted regarding the bribe scandals. His deal for cooperating with the federal authorities he will serve no jail time.... More about the DPR, Leonard Sherman, John Coglhan (the DPR's director of enforcement, and the governor G Ryan's son-in-law) and what happened in my case (with the medical boards and with the courts) can be found on-line and in my writings.”
NOW - The National Organization for Women
On October 21, 1998, Susan presented to NOW the facts. Video of this speech will soon be posted. Her focus then as now is that of women’s rights, women's health rights, and tubal ligation (female sterilization) informed consent.
Susan asks women to join not only the CPTwomen, but to also join NOW if they are really serious about helping get the proper informed consent laws put in place. While it's not required to be a NOW member to work with the CPTwomen, NOW is for women's issues, and the tubal ligation informed consent issue is a NOW issue.
See the 1999 NOW Tubal Resolution:
Dr. Hufnagel, MD
In working with Dr. Hufnagel regarding tubal ligation issues, her activism work and education crossed over to other issues. Susan had a crash course on and witnessed first hand how whistle blowers are attacked personally and professionally (every ones situation is different), to other areas of mistreatment of women’s health care such as Ova Bloc, breast implants, and uterine fibroids and their treatments.
More about Susan:
After working a number of years with the CPTwomen, Susan returned to school and became a registered nurse. As an RN she has worked in a number of different medical settings in the Chicago area. Her work with the CPTwomen is ongoing.
Susan is married and resides in Lockport, IL with her husband, two daughters, and two miniature rat terriers dogs. When she isn't busy working she spends time with her family and has a passion for making glass beads (lampwork) which she says, "I never have enough time for the glass work...".