Read if you are pro-choice.

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT
Whether you’re Right or Left on the issue of women’s reproductive
rights, please consider the following…
President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to
head up the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Reproductive Health
Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more than two
years, during which time its charter has lapsed. As a result, the Bush
Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new
members. This position does not require Congressional approval.
The FDA’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee makes crucial
decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of
obstetrics, gynecology and related specialties, including hormone
therapy, contraception, treatment for infertility, and medical
alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilization and pregnancy
termination.

Dr. Hager’s views of reproductive health care are far outside the
mainstream of setback for reproductive technology. Dr. Hager is a
practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as “pro-life” and refuses to
prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. Hager is the author of “As
Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now.”
The book blends biblical accounts of Christ healing women with case
studies from Hager’s practice. In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his
wife, entitled “Stress and the Woman’s Body,” he suggests that women
who
suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the
bible
and praying. As an editor and contributing author of “The reproduction
Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, reproductive
Technologies
and the Family,” Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically
inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an
abortifacient.

Hagar’s mission is religiously motivated. He has an ardent interest in
revoking approval for mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) as a safe
and early form of medical abortion.

Hagar recently assisted the Christian Medical Association in a
“citizen’s petition” which calls upon the FDA to revoke its approval of
mifepristone in the name of women’s health.Hager’s desire to overturn
mifepristone’s approval on religious grounds rather than scientific
merit
would halt the development of mifepristone as a treatment for numerous
medical conditions disproportionately affecting women, including breast
cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroid tumors, psychotic depression,
bipolar depression and Cushing’s syndrome.

Women rely on the FDA to ensure their access to safe and effective
drugs
for reproductive health care including products that prevent pregnancy.
For some women, such as those with certain types of diabetes and those
undergoing treatment for cancer pregnancy can be a life-threatening
condition. We are concerned that Dr. Hager’s strong religious beliefs
may color his assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect
women’s lives or to preserve and promote women’s health.

Hager’s track record of using religious beliefs to guide his medical
decision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to
serve as chair of this committee. Critical drug public policy and
research must not be held hostage by antiabortion politics.

Members of this important panel should be appointed on the basis of
science and medicine, rather than politics and religion. American women
deserve no less.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1. SEND THIS TO EVERY PERSON WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS.

  2. OPPOSE THE PLACEMENT OF THIS MAN BY CONTACTING THE WHITE HOUSE AND
    TELL THEM HE IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE ON ANY LEVEL.

Please email President Bush at president@whitehouse.gov
or call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414 and say
“I oppose the appointment of Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health
Drugs Advisory Committee. Mixing religion and medicine is unacceptable.
Using the FDA to promote a political agenda is inappropriate and
seriously
threatens women’s health.”

***I checked this out and it looks like this appointment was already mad in December (and according to snopes.com, this is true). But I’m thinking it wouldn’t hurt to let them know how we feel about it anyway. Bottom line is, even if you believe in the abolition of abortion, this man takes it too far (not prescribing birth control unless you are married?!?) not to mention that he is in a (politically) appointed position, which should NOT have religious influence

If this causes mass confusion, I am sorry. The best way to avoid unplanned pregnancies is by birth control pills, not prayer.

GLURGE ON THE BOARDS…GET IT OFF GET IT OFF

Then don’t read it moron.

Ms Bitch, there are two board rules you should know about:

  1. It is frowned on to make posts that primarily consist of cutting and pasting from someone else’s words. It’s a good idea to make posts be your own original language – enough plagiarism can get the Mods unhappy with you.
  2. Calling someone an idiot, in this forum, violates board rules. The BBQ pit is the right place to insult someone.

Welcome to the boards, and I’d love to see the topic reformulated in your own words – it’s an interesting topic!

Daniel

Hey hey, calm down there.

If you want to stay in the SDMB you have to follow the rules and one of the rules is “don’t be a jerk”. You can take your (unwarranted IMO) opinion to the BBQ pit, but I think you will find that insults in the GD lead to getting banned fairly quickly.

Also you did post spam in the GD. If you want to debate something, I’m sure there will be plenty of people here willing to debate the issue.

??TOo many damn fucking rules here.

Dang, I just realized that I sound like a junior mod, which I suppose is not a good thing.
In any event, it was my knee-jerk reaction…

Wow, meltdown-o-rama.

Whether I agree with you position or not, it’s in poor taste to post email forwards on the boards.

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Hiya, Meatros! I just got in my own junior modding (I think it’s my first!) Glad to see it was accepted with the same grace and kindness with which it was delivered.

Daniel

A tip for future message board forays, the question marks go at the end of the sentence, and only when that sentence is a question.

Write it on a flashcard or something.

[Moderator Hat ON]

Ms. Bitch is gone and this spam is locked.

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