Well here's the latest with the Doctor.
Notorious Right-Wing Activist Admits Decisive Role in Bush Administration's Anti-Birth Control Policy
Hager admits to central role in FDA decision to overrule its scientific and medical panels to block women’s access to birth control
(Washington, DC) – In the wake of new reports of notorious right-wing activist David Hager’s influence over the Food and Drug Administration’s
decision to block women’s over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill, NARAL Pro-Choice America is renewing its call on President Bush to
remove Hager from a medical advisory panel and for FDA to make documents related to this decision public—which the agency has refused to do.
The Washington Post and The Nation report that, in an October sermon, renowned arch-conservative W. David Hager claimed credit for writing a report
urging the FDA to override its scientific and medical advisory panels and block over-the-counter sales of the PLAN B morning-after pill. President
Bush appointed Hager to the FDA advisory panel that reviewed the PLAN B petition. He was one of only four of the panel’s 27 members to oppose
over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive.
In the same speech, Hager bragged that the FDA’s rejection of the petition for over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill marked only the
second time in 50 years the FDA overruled its advisory panels.
"We'd long suspected that Hager was the driving force in the Bush Administration's decision to block easier access to the morning-after pill. Now
we have proof, and it's time for him to go," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "Scientists, doctors and an overwhelming
majority of Americans support giving women, especially survivors of sexual assault, access to the morning-after pill to prevent unintended
pregnancies. But that’s not good enough. The FDA should approve over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill and release all the documents
related to this decision. The public deserves to know how far the Bush Administration is willing to go to impose its opposition to birth control over
all American women."
NARAL Pro-Choice America plans to file another request under the Freedom of Information Act for all documents showing contact between the FDA and the
White House on this matter. In February 2004, NARAL Pro-Choice submitted a similar request, but FDA refused to comply.
Here is the rest of it.
News of Hager's sermon was released today by The Nation, along with troubling accusations by Dr. Hager's ex-wife that he physically and sexually
abused her during the course of their marriage.
I know this last link is kind of long. But if you have the time, please do read it. It's very interesting. I can't believe that this guy is in
control of women's health issues. If he did these things to his ex-wife why is he still around. I know she never pressed charges, but just the though
that this guy has the power that he does. This is scary!