Apparently it's true that Bush did nominate Dr. Hager, but the
petition is outdated. More information is at
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.
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, "tonymaloley" <am7788zz@m...>
> 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.