God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

George 'Il Duce' Bush At It Again

OK, if you didn't think it had gone far enough...this should help shove you over. WAY over.

Not enough? How about this little item, about Bush's choice for the new head of the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee...the one who believes that women with PMS should read the Bible for guidance...

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. Hager is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, and sources told Time magazine that in his private practice, he does not prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women. He is also the author of a book, 'As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now' which amongst other things suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the bible and praying.

The Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee is responsible for offering expert scientific and medical advice to the FDA on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstetrics, gynecology, and related specialties. The committee's responsibilities include all contraceptive drugs and drugs used in performing medical abortion as well as drugs used for infertility treatments, hormone replacement therapy, labor and delivery. 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.

Women rely on the FDA to ensure their access safe and effective drugs for reproductive health care including products that have been proven to help safely preventing 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. Religion should not be a barrier to access to safe and effective drugs that are necessary for preserving and promoting women's health and protecting women's lives. There is no place at the FDA for someone who, based on religious beliefs, would deny unmarried women access to technologies which are a part of mainstream medical care and to which all women have a legal right. To appoint a person who advocates religion as a treatment for medical conditions to such an influential position at the agency responsible for regulation of medical drugs is to deprive the FDA and the women who rely on it of the scientific and medical expertise they deserve.

The national Women's Health Network urges you to call the White House at 202-456-1111 to say that you oppose the appointment of Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee, and to ask the President to select a committee chair with a track record of making medical decisions based on science instead of religion.

I'm not even going to pretend that this is all objective...this is all reposted from elsewhere, not my words. But read between the rhetoric, get the facts out.

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