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Old 03-04-2003, 06:26 PM   #1
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Is our President for real?

Now I received this as an email. Normally anything I get through this medium I usually dispell as rumor. But this one intriqued me. Can anyone enlighten me about this. Is this true?

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 position does 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's views of reproductive 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 contraceptives 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 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. Hagar'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 halt the development of mifepristone as a treatment for numerous medical conditions disproportionately affecting women, including breast 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 assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives or to preserve and promote women's health. Hager's track record of using religious beliefs to guide his medical decision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve as chair of this committee. Critical drug public policy and research must not be held hostage 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 TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE ON ANY LEVEL.

Please email President Bush at: president@whitehouse.gov
or call the White House at: 202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414 and say:
"I oppose the appointment of Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Mixing religion and medicine is unacceptable.
Using the FDA to promote a political agenda is inappropriate and seriously threatens all women's health."

Please do this.

Corinne Oster
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Comparative Literature
303 South College
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01002
USA
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:57 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, this is true.

Just another sad example of Bush's pandering to the religious right at any cost.
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Evangelical Bush supporters

I think we know who you are and respect your personal beliefs.
Are you comfortable with having your personal religious beliefs put into public policies? Mandated on others?

I would never expect others to have to live by my personal beliefs.


Others that voted for Bush the moderate, Bush ( Iím a uniter, not a divider) are you disappointed, can you vote for this man again? When you were so mislead in 2000 election?
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This is disgusting
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I would love to know how this can be deemed a good choice. Perhaps he has found an alternative to mifepristone in the Bible.
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Bush is a born-again religious fanatic.

And I'm no longer referring to his appearance or the stereotype.

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I read about this last week in several periodicals. Once again Bush is going against everything he claimed in his campaign.

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So if I'm a Buddist woman I should not expect any relief to PMS?
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This makes me sick!! I'm not anti-evangelical Christian or whatever but this does make me ask "how many blasted fanatics can fit into one administration"?
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sorry guys bush i think will get elected again. look at his approval rating nationally. this message board is in a minority.
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sorry guys bush i think will get elected again. look at his approval rating nationally. this message board is in a minority.
Daddy Bush had a high approval rating around the Gulf War and fell flat on his ass. Baby Bush seems to be following in his father's footsteps so far, so it is still very unpredictable.

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Well,

50 % of the american public believe some of the 19
911 hi-jackers were Iraqis.


By the way, none of them were Iraqi.
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As a somewhat moderate Republican, I'm not tickled pink when the religious fanatics start incorporating their "beliefs" into policy. However, is this any different that a Democratic President placing a Pro-choice supporter in this role? I would find that as repulsive and disturbing as you do in this situation.
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Re: Is our President for real?

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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.
No...you can't make a comparison to Democrats and "pro-choicers." The difference? Look above. This is not science. Bush might have well appointed Jerry Falwell to the FDA, because I would say that Falwell has about as much medicinal knowledge as this guy.

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Yes, it is different to an extent, but the abortion question is far from settled. There are many studies that show the negative effects that an abortion can have on a mother, so unless the mothers life is at risk, abortion, a "medical" procedure, is not conclusivly beneficial. The morality of it is obviously debatable not to mention that the american public is divided. In a recent ABCNews/washington post poll, only 23% feel abortion should be legal in all cases, 17% feel it should be illegal in all cases. Even if you add in the moderate views (legal in some/illegal in some) the numbers still give you 42% dissapproval. The point I'm trying to make is, I don't like when the religious right makes belief policy, nor do I like when the bleeding left make policy either.
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Re: Is our President for real?

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Dr. Hager's views of reproductive 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 contraceptives to unmarried women.


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he suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the bible and praying.


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Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient.


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Hager's desire to overturn mifepristone's approval on religious grounds rather than scientific merit would halt the development of mifepristone as a treatment for numerous medical conditions disproportionately affecting women, including breast cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroid tumors, psychotic depression, bipolar depression and Cushing's syndrome.


Despite your *politics*, shouldn't Dr. Hager's "science" be enough evidence for you to decry his appointment to such a position? I wouldn't send one of my cats to this guy, let alone give him the ability to affect the health of women around the country.
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