"Dr. W. David Hager
is the last person women should want representing their health issues within the Food and Drug Administration. We need progress on women's health, not someone whose positions include prescribing birth control pills to an unmarried patient only if she insists because he believes in abstinence outside of marriage." From NY Times: Regressive for Women
More information about W. David HagerControversial doctor may lead FDA panel from the Courier-Journal Louisville KY:
"He has also condemned the birth control pill, used by an estimated 10 million American women, saying it has provided a ''convenient way for young people to be sexually active outside of marriage.'' "Hager may be best known in Central Kentucky as chairman of a revival led by the Rev. Franklin Graham -- the Rev. Billy Graham's son -- which brought more than 22,000 to Rupp Arena two years ago."
From the Boston Globe: Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Representative Edward J. Markey yesterday questioned the Bush administration's nominations to government advisory panels, suggesting that the White House was removing scientific experts from the panels and replacing them with conservative ideologues and health-care industry supporters.
From the NY Times:(sign-in required) Bush's Science Advisers Drawing Criticism
"In a particularly controversial case, the Food and Drug Administration has asked an obstetrician-gynecologist who strongly opposes abortions to serve on the panel that reviews reproductive health drugs. The doctor, Dr. W. David Hager
, teaches at the University of Kentucky and has written popular books asserting the healing power of faith in Jesus."
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