**NOTE: This already may be a bit dated, Dr. Hager may already be on the committee, but you still need to know these things, and be aware that deliberate actions are being taken to threaten the rights of Americans.
Please pay attention to the message below that is being passed along. It is vital to women's health and there is something we can do! It won't take long to read and it is very important.
President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up 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 has lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new members. This poisition does NOT require congressional approval. The FDA's Reporductive Health Drugs Adviosry Committe makes crucial decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstretics, gynecology and related specialties, including hormone therapy, contraception, treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilazation and pregnacy termination. Dr. Hager's views of reporductive health care are far outside the mainstream of setback for reproductive technology.
Dr. Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life," and refuses to prescribe contraceptiives to unmarried women. Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared For Women: Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ healing women with case studies from Hager's practice. 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 bbible and praying. As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproducative Technologies and the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient.
Hager's mission is religiously motivated. He has an ardent interest in revoking approval for mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) as a safe and early form of medical abortion. Hagar recently assisted the Christian Medical Association in a "citizen's petition" which calls upon the FDA to revoke its approval of mifepristone in the name of women's health. Hager's desire to overturn mifepristone's approval on religious grounds rather than scientific merit would halth the developme3nt of mifepristone as a treatment for numerous medical conditions, disproportionitately affecting women, including breatst cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroid tumors, psychotic depression, bipolar depression and Cushing's syndrome.
Women rely on the FDA to ensure their access to safe and effective drugs for reproductive health care including products that prevent pregnancy. For some women, such as those with certain types of diabetes and those undergoing treatment for cancer, pregnancy can be a life-threatening condition. We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his assesment of technologies that are ncessary to protect women's lives or to preserve and promote women's health. Hager's track recorrd of using religious beliefs to guide his medical descision making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve as chair fo this committee. Critical drug public policy and research must not be held hostabge by antiabortion 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.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Send this to every person who is concerned about women's rights.
2. Oppose the placement of this man by contacting the white house and tell them he is totallly unacceptable on any level.
Please email President Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org and say:
"I oppose the appointment of Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Heath Drugs Advisory Committe. Mixing religion and medicine is unacceptable. Using the FDA to promote a political agenda is innapropriate and seriously threatens women's health."
Edit-I have found another source backing up these claims. You can find out about Hager as well as many other of Bush's appointments here- http://www.thetruthaboutgeorge.org/appointments/index.html