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posted October 13, 2004 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gia     Edit/Delete Message
President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W.
David Hager to head the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)

Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

The committee has not met for more than two years, during which time its charter lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new members. These positions do not require Congressional approval.

The FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory

Committee makes crucial decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstetrics, gynecology and related specialties, including hormone therapy, contraception, treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilization and pregnancy termination.

Dr. Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Jesus healing women with case studies from Hager's practice. His views of reproductive health care are far outside the mainstream. Dr. Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his wife, entitled

"Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the Bible and praying.

As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies and the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient.

We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives or to preserve and promote women's health.

Dr. Hager's track record of using religious beliefs to guide his medical decision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve. Critical drug public policy and research must not be held hostage by anti-abortion politics. Members of this important
panel should be appointed on the basis of science and medicine, rather than politics and religion.

American women deserve no less.

There is something you can do. Below is a letter to be sent to the White House, opposing the placement of Hager. Please copy the text of this email and paste it into a fresh email, then sign your name below and


Every 25th person please forward e-mail to

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From: Japan
Registered: Aug 2003

posted October 13, 2004 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Eleanore     Edit/Delete Message
Frightening. Why? Why appoint someone so biased? Even if Pres. Bush agrees with him ... we are not all Pres. Bush. I would think the logical and reasonable choice would be someone who would be more in "the middle" in his views, or at least someone who doesn't try to force his views on others via his profession.
Geez, these fundamentalist folk are creepy. Honestly, talk about not thinking at all in regards to your responsibility to your patients as a doctor. Just feeling that your religious views are right or the best is no excuse for allowing them to interfere with your duty to provide your patients with the options they deserve and have a legal right to have. And to be appointed as Head of the FDA? How backwards can progress get before we find ourselves in the past?

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

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posted October 14, 2004 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yin     Edit/Delete Message

I am sick and tired of reading how MEN FORCE their OPINION about what A WOMAN should or shouldn't do with her body DOWN WOMEN'S THROATS.
Get freaking out of the Stone Age!!!

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posted October 14, 2004 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harpyr     Edit/Delete Message
I've heard rumors that if Bush is reelected, the administration will push to overturn Roe v. Wade and really send us back to the dark ages....Appointing this guy to head the FDA seems to bolster that rumor...

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posted October 14, 2004 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LibraSparkle     Edit/Delete Message
re: Roe V Wade

I heard those rumors in 2000 too. I think it will take a helluva lot more than his "want to" to overturn it.

Can you imagine how the people would react? Talk about rioting...

Personally, I would fly to Washington DC to protest right in front of The White House. I'm quite sure I wouldn't be alone.

Bush would have more than his (hard ) work cut out for him if he attempted something like this. David Hager and John Ashcroft are one thing ... Over turning RvW is not going to be easy for him.

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