More Info on Dr. Hager
- Here is some more info related to the email about Women's Health and Dr.
Hager that Liz Bell sent out last week. I did call as was suggested in the
last email. This stuff scares the hell out of me.
>From: Timothy Perper/Martha Cornog <perpcorn@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [AASECT] Hoax Part 2
>Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 05:17:57 -0500
>Here is a copy of a Time magazine article announcing President Bush's
>intention to appoint W. David Hager, author of "As Jesus Cared for
>Women: Restoring Women Then and Now", as head of the FDA panel on
>Doesn't sound like a hoax to me.
>Jesus and the FDA
>By KAREN TUMULTY
>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."
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