THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT
Send the letter portion to your congressman, if you're so inclined. Or add your name to the petition headed to the White House. Regardless of where you stand on the abortion issue, I think we can all pretty much agree that reading the Bible isn't a realistic strategy for dealing with PMS.
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 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
Dr. Hager, 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. His views of reproductive health
care are far outside the mainstream for reproductive technology. Dr.
Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life" and
refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. 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.
We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his
assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives
for 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 e 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. There is something you can
do. Below is a statement to be sent to the White House, opposing the
placement of Hager.
(1) Please copy and paste (DON'T forward) the entire email into a fresh
email; then sign your name below. After you sign, SEND THIS TO EVERY
PERSON YOU KNOW WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS.
(2) Every 10th person who signs the list (i.e., #10, #20, #30, etc.) -
please forward the entire e-mail to email@example.com
Copy, paste and send only the information below to the address above :
We oppose the appointment of Dr. W. David Hager to the FDA Reproductive
Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Mixing religion and medicine is
unacceptable in a policy-making position. Using the FDA to promote a
political agenda is inappropriate and seriously threatens women's
health. 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.
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