Anyone else gotten this email?

  1. I received this forwarded email from someone I work with. I'm not sure what to think of it and have not looked anything up pertaining to it yet....

    This is frightening - must make phone calls

    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 and a setback for reproductive

    1. Dr. Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe
    contraceptives to unmarried women.
    2. 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.
    - 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.
    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    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.




    Please email President Bush at

    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."

    Gretchen G. Mettler, CNM, MS
    Instructor of Nursing
    Director, Nurse-Midwife Program
    Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
    Case Western Reserve University
  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   fab4fan
    Nope, but nothing surprises me these days...
  4. by   BeachNurse
    Well just found this article on

    Jesus and the FDA


    Saturday, Oct. 05, 2002

    A quiet battle is raging over the Bush Administration's plan to appoint a scantily credentialed doctor, whose writings include a book titled As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now, to head an influential Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel on women's health policy. Sources tell Time that the agency's choice for the advisory panel is Dr. W. David Hager, an obstetrician-gynecologist who also wrote, with his wife Linda, Stress and the Woman's Body, which puts "an emphasis on the restorative power of Jesus Christ in one's life" and recommends specific Scripture readings and prayers for such ailments as headaches and premenstrual syndrome. Though his resume describes Hager as a University of Kentucky professor, a university official says Hager's appointment is part time and voluntary and involves working with interns at Lexington's Central Baptist Hospital, not the university itself. In his private practice, two sources familiar with it say, Hager refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. Hager did not return several calls for comment.

    FDA advisory panels often have near-final say over crucial health questions. If Hager becomes chairman of the 11-member Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee, he will lead its study of hormone-replacement therapy for menopausal women, one of the biggest controversies in health care. Some conservatives are trying to use doubts about such therapy to discredit the use of birth-control pills, which contain similar compounds. The panel also made the key recommendation in 1996 that led to approval of the "abortion pill," RU-486--a decision that abortion foes are still fighting. Hager assisted the Christian Medical Association last August in a "citizens' petition" calling upon the FDA to reverse itself on RU-486, saying it has endangered the lives and health of women.

    Hager was chosen for the post by FDA senior associate commissioner Linda Arey Skladany, a former drug-industry lobbyist with longstanding ties to the Bush family. Skladany rejected at least two nominees proposed by FDA staff members: Donald R. Mattison, former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and Michael F. Greene, director of maternal- fetal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Despite pressure from inside the FDA to make the appointment temporary, sources say, Skladany has insisted that Hager get a full four-year term. FDA spokesman Bill Pierce called Hager "well qualified."
  5. by   Stargazer
    If you wanna get even more pissed off, read this.
  6. by   CountrifiedRN

    December 24, 2002 Media Inquiries: 301-827-6242
    Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA



    FDA Commissioner Mark B. McClellan, M.D., today named 11 physicians to the agency's Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs.

    The committee will be chaired by Dr. Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D., the chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility for the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Stanford University Medical Center.

    "Each of these 11 physicians brings strong scientific and medical backgrounds to this important advisory group," FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., said. "Under Dr. Guidice's stewardship, this panel will provide sound, science-based advice on reproductive health issues that will improve women's lives across the country."

    At the request of the FDA, the advisory committee reviews and evaluates data on the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drugs for use in the practice of obstetrics, gynecology and related specialties, and makes appropriate recommendations to the FDA.

    While the committee is an existing FDA advisory committee, its entire membership had lapsed and it had not met for two years. One of the first issues the committee will examine is the issue of hormone therapy, which has come under increased attention with the release of several new studies questioning its safety and effectiveness.

    The other 10 members of the committee are:

    Leslie Gay Bernitsky, M.D., an urologist from Albuquerque, N.M.
    Susan A. Crockett, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and director of maternity services at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital.
    Nancy Dickey, M.D., the chancellor of the Texas A&M College of Medicine and the immediate past president of the American Medical Association. Dr. Dickey practices family medicine.
    Scott Shields Emerson, M.D., Ph.D, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle.
    Michael Furman Greene, M.D., director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
    W. David Hager, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Ky.
    Vivian Lewis, M.D., an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y.
    George A. Marcones, M.D., M.S.C.E., a statistician and professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
    Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
    Joseph Barney Stanford, M.D., M.S.P.H., an associate professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
  7. by   CountrifiedRN
    He's not heading up the committee, but he is on it.

    I did a search and found many letters like the one originally posted from many different organizations, but dated back in October 2002. Apparently the letters were enough to keep him from chairing the committee, but not enough too kick him the h*ll out.

    Here is a list of organizations who opposed his nomination:

    Advocates for Youth
    American Association of University Women
    American College of Nurse-Midwives
    American Humanist Association
    American Indian Child Resource Center
    American Jewish Congress
    American Medical Women's Association
    Americans for Democratic Action
    Americans for Religious Liberty
    Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
    Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
    Black Women for Wellness
    Breast Cancer Action, San Francisco
    Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, Inc.
    California Women's Law Center
    Catholics for a Free Choice
    Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, UCSF
    Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
    Center for Women Policy Studies
    Choice USA
    Coalition of Labor Union Women
    Colorado Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice
    Disciples for Choice
    Feminist Majority
    Feminist Women's Health Center
    Freedom Fund, Inc.
    Gender Action
    Girls Incorporated
    Huckleberry Youth Programs
    Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Kentucky Reproductive Health Network
    MAMM Magazine
    Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
    Massachusetts Clergy for Choice
    Maternal and Child Health Access, Los Angeles
    Medical Students for Choice
    Methodist Federation for Social Action
    Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Ms. Foundation
    National Abortion Federation
    NARAL/New York
    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    National Black Women's Health Project
    National Council of Jewish Women
    National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
    National Health Law Program
    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
    National Network of Abortion Funds
    National Organization for Women
    National Partnership for Women and Families
    National Women's Health Network
    National Women's Law Center
    NCA Union Retirees
    Network for Reproductive Options
    New York Metro Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Northstate Women's Health Network
    NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Options Fund, Inc.
    OWL, the voice of midlife and older women
    Pacific Institute for Women's Health
    People For the American Way
    Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health®
    Planned Parenthood of New York City
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America
    Planned Parenthood of the Bluegrass
    Population Connection
    Reproductive Health Technologies Project
    Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Massachusetts
    Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Northern California
    Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
    Society for Women's Health Research
    The Abortion Access Project
    The Access Project
    The Fund for Women, Asheville, NC
    The Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts
    The Make A Difference Fund in San Diego
    The White House Project
    United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
    Volunteer Driver's Network, Atlanta, GA
    Voters for Choice Action Fund
    Women Employed
    Women of Reform Judaism
    Womenaid Ohio, Inc.
    Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press
    Women's Reproductive Information Network
    YWCA of the USA
    Last edit by CountrifiedRN on Feb 8, '03
  8. by   emily_mom
    All I can say is....that's what you get with a Republican in office...
  9. by   bagladyrn
    Originally posted by emily_mom
    All I can say is....that's what you get with a Republican in office...
    Is it time for those of us who voted for the other guy to say "We told you so" yet? (Sorry, I just couldn't hold it in any longer)
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Holy sh** there ANYTHING Shrub won't do to stick it to women, minorities, and working people?!

    I don't know what it's going to take for America to wake up and look at what Republican control of all branches of government is doing to us, but I have the feeling that it's gonna get a lot worse before it gets better.:angryfire
  11. by   tattooednursie
    What's so wrong about Jesus? IMHO, He gave his life for us! Now where butting him out of everything!
  12. by   Aussienurse2
    There's nothing wrong with believeing in Christ BUT there is something very wrong with enforcing faith and particular views onto the general public in an underhanded manner. I could read the same bible he reads and say the book is an empowering read for women, the same way he takes certain parts of it and twists them to disempower us.
  13. by   karenG
    I think you guys are in trouble................................

  14. by   Hardknox
    No....we were in trouble before 1775!