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  • Greg Cannon
    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
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 11, 2004
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      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 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, 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. His views of
      reproductive health care are far outside the
      mainstream for reproductive technology. 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 for 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. There is something you can do.
      Below is a statement to be sent to the White House,
      opposing the�placement of Hager.


      � (1) Please copy and paste (DON'T forward) the entire
      email into a fresh email; then sign your name below.
      After you sign, SEND THIS TO EVERY PERSON YOU KNOW WHO
      IS CONCERNED ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS.


      � (2) Every 10th person who signs the list (i.e., #10,
      #20, #30, etc.) -� please forward the entire e-mail to
      president@...


      � ��� We oppose the appointment of Dr. W. David Hager
      to the FDA Reproductive�Health Drugs Advisory
      Committee. Mixing religion and medicine is
      unacceptable in a policy-making position. Using the
      FDA to promote a political agenda is inappropriate and
      seriously threatens women's health.� 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.


      � 1. Susan Tannenbaum ( Owings Mills,Maryland)

      � 2. Susan Levine (Silver Spring, MD)

      � 3. Audrey Funk (Henderson,NV)

      � 4. Susan Lowe Shlisky (Las Vegas, NV)

      � 5. Michelle Straub-Wilensky (Los Angeles,CA)

      � 6. Patricia Phelan (San Francisco,CA)

      � 7. Victoria Einhorn(San anselmo, ca)

      � 8. Brad Einhorn(Brooklyn,NY)

      � 9. Bethany M Macmillan (Brooklyn,NY)

      � 10. Amy Russell (Louisville,Kentucky)

      � 11. Beverly D. Moore (Louisville,Kentucky)

      � 12. Connie O. Byrne (Kannapolis,North Carolina)

      � 13. Janet C. Haas (Charlotte,North Carolina)

      � 14. Heather Vrana (Charlotte,NC)

      � 15. Clare M. Evans (Newport,VA)

      � 16. Kathy Chadwick

      � 17. Jim Chadwick

      � 18. Claire Grimm Chadwick

      � 19. Lindsay Addison (Naples,FL)

      � 20. Peggy Addison (Naples,FL)

      � 21. David Addison (Naples,FL)

      � 22. Howard Schumsky (Orlando,FL)

      � 23.Kristie Born (Orlando,FL)

      � 24. Paul Boyd (Atlantic Highlands,NJ)

      � 25. Lois Jensen (NYC, NY)

      � 26. Catherine Rubenstein (Belvedere, CA)

      � 27. Anne Rubenstein (Belvedere, CA)

      � 28. Dirk Rubenstein (Belvedere, CA)

      � 29.Barbara K. Westover (Oakland, CA)

      � 30. Sharon Bjornson (Oakland, CA)

      � 31. Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell (Philadelphia, PA)

      � 32. Hana Elwell (Brooklyn,NY)

      � 33. Jen Song (Brooklyn, NY)

      � 34. Janet Lo (New York,NY)

      � 35. Emily Horowitz (New York, NY)

      � 36. Daniel Horowitz (New York, NY)

      � 37. Josh Hyman (New York, NY)

      � 38. Mona Goldsmith (Plainview, NY)

      � 39. Kate Striano (Newtown, CT)

      � 40. Elissa Gellis ( Newtown, CT)

      � 41. Diane Thompson (Sandy Hook, CT)

      � 42. LInda Parsloe (Sandy Hook, CT)

      � 43. Judy Juracek (Darien,CT)

      � 44. Deborah Meisels (City Island, NY)

      � 45. P. Briggs Saroch(Greenfield, MA)

      � 46. Diane Fisher-Katz (Northampton, MA)

      � 47. Kirsten Cirincione (Florence, MA)

      � 48. Jane Lynch (Florence, MA)

      � 49. Kathleen Kennedy (Santa Barbara, CA)

      � 50. Leslie Palmer (San Antonio, TX)

      � 51.Julie Toland, Middletown, RI

      � 52. Josie Merck,( Cos Cob, CT)

      � 53.Elizabeth O'Neill (Boston, MA)

      � 54. Joan O'Neill (Traverse City, MI)

      � 55. Barbara Becker (Concord, CA)

      � 56. Ken Bruckmeier (Oakland,CA)

      � 57. Margret Elson (Oakland, CA)

      � 58, Marsha Sherman (Portland, OR)

      � 59. Marinell Eva (Santa Rosa, CA)

      � 60. Sharon Oman (Petaluma, CA)

      � 61. Adrienne Davis (Santa Rosa, CA)

      � 62. Barbara Carlson (Santa Rosa, CA)

      � 63. Karen Grace-Kaho (Sacramento , CA)

      � 64. Mary Beth Love (San Francisco, CA)

      � 65. Ruth Finnerty (Oakland, CA)

      � 66. Rosalie Holtz

      � 67. Kay Corlett (Albany, CA)

      � 68. Connie Barnes (Oakley, CA)

      � 69. Donna Ventura (Brentwood, CA)

      � 70. Nancy Herman (Lafayette,CA)

      � 71. Shirley Chang (Berkeley, CA)

      � 72. Nola Chavez (El Cerrito, CA)

      � 73. Elspeth Wells (Clayton, CA)

      � 74. Phyllis Berger (Los Angeles, CA)

      � 75. Joan Barnett (Boston, Ma.)

      � 76. Karen Danaher(Los Angeles,CA)

      � 77. Susan Rice (New York, NY)

      � 78. Alan Wagner (New York, NY)

      � 79. Jane Altman (New York, NY)

      � 80. Sheila Friedman (Yardley, PA)

      � 81. Susan Cooper (Brookfield, CT)

      � 82. Elissa Fisher (Pleasantville, NY)

      � 83. Angela Usobiaga (Pleasantville, NY)

      � 84. Katherine Procopio Goodman (Katonah, NY)

      � 85. Jessica White (Dobbs Ferry, NY)

      � 86. Danielle Bottari (New York,NY)

      � 87. Jennifer Getschmann (New York, NY)

      � 88. Sung Pak (New York, NY)

      � 89. Sharon Pak (New York, NY)

      � 90. Pamela Gold(Jersey City, NJ)

      � 91. Mindy Drossner (Lafayette Hill, PA)

      � 92. Stephanie Choder (Gladwyne, PA)

      � 93. Robin Stern (Lafayette Hill, PA)

      � 94. Emily Newman (Syracuse, NY)
      � 95. Mark Stern (syracuse, NY)

      � 96. Robin Fink (Philadelphia, PA 19102)

      � 97. Greg Rosen (New York, NY)

      � 98, Durelle Schacter (San MAteo, CA)

      � 99,rachel stewart (san anselmo ca)

      � 100 Joyce Goldstein ( San Francisco)

      � 101 Kate Slate (New York city)

      � 102 Mardee Regan (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY)

      � 103 Brad Mehldau (Newburgh, NY)

      � 104 Augusta Quirk (Summerland,CA)

      � 105. Carolyn Furlong (St. Babs,CA)

      � 106. Alexandra Morath (Santa Barbara, CA)

      � 107. Talia Camarena (New York, NY)

      � 108. Stuart Baldwin (New York, NY)

      � 109. Julie Clarke (Chapel Hill, NC)

      � 110. Vivian Chen (Chapel Hill, NC)

      � 111.Sheryl Trager (New York, NY)

      � 112. Debra Carbonaro (New York, NY)

      � 113. Bowie Maksrivorawa (New York, NY)

      � 114. Dawn Wetzel (Memphis, TN)

      � 115. Posey Hedges (Memphis, TN)

      � 116. Jim Spake (Memphis, TN)

      � 117. Charlie Wood (Memphis, TN)

      � 118. Kathy Kosins ( Birmingham, Michigan)

      � 119. Dan Pliskow (Royal Oak, Mi.)

      � 120. Susan B. Anderson (Pacifica, CA)

      � 121. Laurence D. Anderson (Pacifica,CA)

      � 122. Irene Spang (San Francisco, CA)

      � 123. John L. Spang (San Francisco, CA)

      � 124. Katherine Albrecht (San Francisco, CA)

      � 125. Suzane Kavert (San Francisco, CA)

      � 126. Chris Kavert (San Francisco, CA)

      � 127. Holly Milne (San Francisco, CA)

      � 128. Emma Tresemer (San Francisco, CA)

      � 129. Jennifer Black (Boulder, CO)

      � 130. Jesse Ritch (Boulder, CO)

      � 131. Lily Fessenden (Searsmont, ME)

      � 132. Terrence Keeney (East Montpelier, VT)

      � 133. Penelope Stout-Hammar (Milton, VT)

      � 134. Susannah Hammar (Medford, MA)

      � 135. Leslie Stephenson (Riverdale, NY)

      � 136. Marisa Mann (Woodmere, NY)

      � 137. Stacey Ganina (Riverdale, NY)

      � 138. Alex Kehl (New York, NY)

      � 139. Elissa Leonard (Freeport, ME)

      � 140. Maria Dewees (Waltham, MA)

      � 141. Bennet Leon (Sudbury, MA)

      � 142. Maria Jenness (Newport, VT)

      � 143. Ann Wachnicki (Norwalk, CT)

      � 144. Megan Lukaniec (Norwalk, CT)

      � 145. Mele Chillingworth (Kamuela, HI)

      � 146. Noah Kaufman

      � 147. Kevin Pedersen (Freeport, NY)

      � 148. Asha Sarma (SLC, UT)

      � 149. Charlotte Orr (Zionsville, IN)

      � 150. Lydia Johns (Oxford, OH)

      � 151. Don Johns (Zionsville, IN)

      � 152. Bettina Zaneteas (Zionsville, IN)

      � 153. Philip Zaneteas, Ph.D., M.D. (Zionsville, IN)

      � 154. Becki Heusel (Indianapolis, IN)

      � 155. Geraldine Catherman (Springfield, PA...Delco)

      � 156. Margie Boyer (Harrisonville, Missouri)

      � 157. Lee Ann Krummel (Olathe, Kansas)

      � 158. Deb & Sharon Bauhan (Hartford CT)

      � 159. Nora O'Shea (Tampa, FL)

      � 160. Sherry A. Zips

      � 161. Robyn L. Alspach

      � 162. Laurie Prescott (Tampa, FL)

      � 163. Jonnie Kennedy (Las Vegas, NV)

      � 164.��Julia Green�(Las Vegas, NV)
      ��
      ��165.��Julia Ohl (El Paso, TX)

      � 166. Greg Cannon (El Paso, TX)
    • Ram Lau
      ... Jesus-care! Team Bush promises to all non-Christian women: You will be persecuted. Ram
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 11, 2004
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        >     Dr. Hager, the author of "As Jesus Cared for
        > Women: Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends
        > biblical accounts of Christ healing Women with case

        Jesus-care! Team Bush promises to all non-Christian women: You will
        be persecuted.

        Ram
      • tonymaloley
        Are these things about possible Bush appointee Dr. Hager really real? Could someone verify this from another source? Maybe Bush will screw things up so badly
        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 14, 2004
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          Are these things about possible Bush appointee Dr. Hager really
          real? Could someone verify this from another source?

          Maybe Bush will screw things up so badly that his party will be
          severely damaged. I guess I could see him doing this, against party
          pressure. If he thinks it's the right thing to do he might try it
          even though everyone says not to.
        • greg
          Apparently it s true that Bush did nominate Dr. Hager, but the petition is outdated. More information is at http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/hager.asp Some
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 15, 2004
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            Apparently it's true that Bush did nominate Dr. Hager, but the
            petition is outdated. More information is at
            http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/hager.asp

            Some quotes from it:

            He is also vehemently pro-life and has vigorously played a part in the
            campaign to get the FDA to withdraw its approval of mifepristone
            (RU-486), a drug that terminates pregnancies. He is indeed the author
            of a number of books in which he's advocated prayer and the reading of
            the Scriptures as cures for medical ills.

            Dr. Hager makes no bones about his beliefs but says they won't
            compromise his judgment: "Yes, I'm pro-life. But that's not going to
            keep me from objectively evaluating medication. I believe there are
            some safety concerns (about mifepristone) and they should be evaluated."

            Which is an opinion it now appears the FDA at least somewhat shares.
            On 15 November 2004, the Food and Drug Administration posted a
            statement on its web site about labeling changes it will require for
            RU-486 (Mifepristone, Mifeprex). Citing instances of serious bacterial
            infection, bleeding, ectopic pregnancies that have ruptured, and death
            that have occurred among those who have taken it, the agency will now
            insist the drug carry much more strongly worded cautions that spell
            out these risks. According to the FDA, "The revised labeling will
            provide physicians and patients with important information so that
            they can respond and possibly prevent rare but serious complications
            that may occur with any abortion. FDA will continue to monitor the
            usage of Mifeprex and may take further action."

            Contrary to the claim made in the now widely-circulated e-mail
            decrying his appointment, Dr. Hager says he does not deny
            birth-control prescriptions to unmarried women. However, Time magazine
            reported that "In his private practice, two sources familiar with it
            say, Hager refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women."

            Dr. Hager maintained that his opposition to FDA approval of RU-486 was
            based purely on safety concerns.

            Whatever one's opinion of Dr. Hager, his appointment is a done deal.
            Dr. Hager is now a member of the FDA's Advisory Committee on
            Reproductive Health Drugs, so a petition aimed at preventing him from
            reaching that position is moot. (Perhaps as a result of the
            controversy stirred up by the original position, Dr. Hager was
            appointed to sit on the committee, but not to chair it.) In June 2004,
            Dr. Hager was reappointed to the committee for an additional year.
            --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, "tonymaloley" <am7788zz@m...>
            wrote:
            >
            > Are these things about possible Bush appointee Dr. Hager really
            > real? Could someone verify this from another source?
            >
            > Maybe Bush will screw things up so badly that his party will be
            > severely damaged. I guess I could see him doing this, against party
            > pressure. If he thinks it's the right thing to do he might try it
            > even though everyone says not to.
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