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Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area (PP/CA) criticized the Bush Administration's re-appointment of anti-choice hardliner Dr. David Hager to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.
Steve Trombley, President and CEO, said Planned Parenthood is joined by several leading women's health care organizations and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in opposing Dr. Hager's reappointment.
"The reappointment of Dr. David Hager is yet another example of this Administration's willingness to compromise the integrity of our nation's public health system in order to appease a small, politically and ideologically extreme constituency," Trombley said. "Dr. Hager has shown that he is incapable of dispensing objective advice on matters directly related to responsible reproductive health care. His reappointment to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee is an assault on rational, objective, and scientifically grounded public health policy."
When a joint meeting of the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs and Nonprescription Drugs Committees voted overwhelmingly to recommend that Plan B® emergency contraception (EC) - a safe, effective backup method of birth control - be made available over the counter, Dr. Hager was one of the lone few who voted against the move.
Extensive scientific data shows that Plan B® EC meets FDA criteria for over-the-counter-status and that increased access to EC would reduce the need for abortion. Dr. Hager's comments on the testimony presented to the FDA committees about EC reflected his inability to provide objective advice on the scientific merits of making EC more widely available:
"What we heard today was frequently about individuals who did not want to take responsibility for their actions and wanted a medication to relieve those consequences."
In fact, studies show that women use EC responsibly, and that they do not rely on it as a regular method of contraception."
President Bush first appointed Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee back in 2002 as part of an entire restaffing of the panel. Dr. Hager's appointment was opposed by many of the nation's leading women's health care organizations including Planned Parenthood and, reportedly, by the FDA's own scientific staff.
Dr. Hager is the co-author of a book that recommends scriptural passages and prayers for problems like head-aches and premenstrual syndrome, and is known to be opposed to prescribing contraceptives for unmarried women.
"Dr. Hager's ideological agenda compromises the integrity of the FDA," Trombley said. "Americans rely on the FDA as a trusted and objective safeguard. President Bush has betrayed the public trust by installing a biased ideologue in a key scientific role. When science comes second, public health suffers."
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
This anti-birth-control thing has been going on since birth control methods have become popular.
Since the 70s, Blue Cross Blue Shield has not covered birth control pills, IUDs or tubal ligations. I'm pretty sure they don't cover diaphrams, either.
Catholic hospitals, and I know there are many, will not perform tubal ligations. They will not do hysterectomies on women of child bearing years, even when deemed medically necessary.
In some areas, the only available hospital is Catholic.
While the growing trend among pharacists is quite troubling, it is equally wrong to blame Bush. This has been going on for over 30 years, both religiously and secularly.