> 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
> termination.
>
> 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 Te! chnologi es 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 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.
>
> There is something you can do. Below is a letter to be sent to the
> White House, opposing the placement of Hager. Please copy all the text
> of this email and paste it into a fresh email; then sign your name
> below and SEND THIS TO EVERY PERSON YOU KNOW WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT
> WOMEN’S RIGHTS.

I 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.

1. Susan Tannenbaum (Owings Mills,Maryland)

2. Susan Levine (Silver Spring,MD)

3. Audrey Funk (Henderson,NV)

4. Susan Lowe Shlisky (Las Vegas,NV)

5. Michelle Straub-Wilensky (Los Angeles,CA)

6. Patricia Phelan (San Francisco,CA)

7. Victoria Einhorn(san anselmo, ca)

8. Brad Einhorn (Brooklyn,NY)

9. Bethany MacMillan (Brooklyn,NY)

10. Amy Russell (Louisville,Kentucky)

11. Beverly D. Moore (Louisville,Kentucky)

12. Connie O. Byrne (Kannapolis,North Carolina)

13. Janet C. Haas (Charlotte,North Carolina)

14. Heather Vrana (Charlotte,NC)

15. Clare M. Evans (New port,VA)

16. Kathy Chadwick

17.Jim Chadwick

18.Claire Grimm Chadwick

19. Lindsay Addison (Naples,FL)

20. Peggy Addison (Naples,FL)

21. David Addison (Naples,FL)

22. Howard Schumsky (Orlando,FL)

23. Kristie Born (Orlando,FL)

24. Paul Boyd (Atlantic Highlands,NJ)

25. Lois Jensen (NYC, NY)

26. Catherine Rubenstein (Belvedere, CA)

27. Anne Rubenstein (Belvedere, CA)

28. Dirk Rubenstein (Belvedere, CA)

29. Barbara K. Westover (Oakland, CA)

30. Sharon Bjornson (Oakland, CA)

31. Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell (Philadelphia, PA)

32. Hana Elwell (Brooklyn, NY)

33. Jen Song (Brooklyn, NY)

34. Janet Lo (New York, NY)

35. Emily Horowitz (New York, NY)

36. Daniel Horowitz (New York, NY)

37. Josh Hyman (New York, NY)

38. Mona Goldsmith (Plainview, NY)

39. Kate Striano (Newtown, CT)

40. Elissa Gellis ( Newtown, CT)

41. Diane Thompson (Sandy Hook, CT)

42. LInda Parsloe (Sandy Hook, CT)

43. Judy Juracek (Darien, CT)

44. Deborah Meisels (City Island, NY)

45. P. Briggs Saroch (Greenfield, MA)

46. Diane Fisher-Katz (Northampton, MA)

47. Kirsten Cirincione (Florence, MA)

48. Jane Lynch (Florence, MA)

49. Kathleen Kennedy (Santa Barbara, CA)

50. Leslie! Palmer (San Antonio, TX)

51. Julie Toland, Middletown, RI

52. Josie Merck,( Cos Cob, CT)

53. Elizabeth O’Neill (Boston, MA)

54. Joan O’Neill (Traverse City, MI)

55. Gerry and Margaret Gert (Napa, CA)

56. Elizabeth A. Sher (N.C.)

57. Barbara B. Steinfeld (Watchung, N.J.)

58. Joan Blitman (N. Bethesda, MD)

59. Mara S. White (VIenna, VA)

60. Stacey I. Heller (Vienna, VA)

61. Marvin Hurwitz (Baltimore, MD)

62. Barbara Hurwitz (Baltimore, MD)

63. Ruth Zlotowitz (Baltimore, MD)

64. Robert G. Goldstraw (Washington, DC)

65. Alicia Dinerstein (Commack, NY)

66. Joel Isaacson (San Jose, CA)

67. Pamela Poon (Bozeman, Montana)

68. Alice Kirkpatrick (Portland, ME)

69. Liz Colburn (Portland, ME)

70. Kym Dakin (Yarmouth, Me)

71. Rahti Gorfien (Brooklyn, NY)

72. Rita Ashdale (NY, NY)

73. Anne D’Aprix (NY,NY)

74. Ronnie Weil (Mineola, NY)

75. Lorna Bieber (NY)

76. Jane Dyson (RTP, NC)

77. Lyn Harwell (RTP,NC)

78. LA Renn (Chapel Hill, NC)

79. Trip Renn (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

80. Rowena Renn (Atlanta, GA)

81. Liz Turner (Richmond, VA)

82. Don Turner (Richmond, VA)

83. Nancy Harris (Richmond, VA)

84. Pat Naples (Northport, NY)

85. M. Hacker (Northport, NY)

86. Erin Crosby (Centreville, VA)

87. Gay Crosby (Cetreville, VA)

88. Carla King (Pulaski, VA)

89. Melissa Gobrecht (Blacksburg, VA)

90. Elizabeth Janka (Baltimore, MD)

91. Diana O Sparks (Baltimore, MD)

92. Chris Trotter (Baltimore, MD)

93. Erin Hilton (Baltimore, MD)

94. Nolen Strals (Baltimore, MD)

95. Ryan Brown (Brooklyn, NY)

96. Laurie Harden (Kirkwood, CA)

97. Jill Biros (Yardley, PA)

98. Sally Weintraub (Sarasota, FL)

99. Marcia D, Katz (University Park, FL)

100. Irwin H. Katz (University Park, FL)

101 Joan Rich (Cleveland,Ohio)

102 Judith Joseph (Northbrook, Illinois)

103 Ellin Blumenthal (Northbrook, IL)

104 Lorra Rudman (Lincolnshire IL)

105 Vicki Pines (Wilmette, IL)

106 Bonnie Malow (Skokie, IL)

107 D! avida Go ldner (Skokie, IL)

108 Beverly Krieger (Boulder, OC)

109 Paul Ostrof

110 Judy Desormeaux (California)

111 Arroyn Lloyd

112 Heather Magee

113 Jana Richey (Los Angeles, CA)

114. Mandi Davis (Los Angeles, CA)

115. Jennifer Jansen (Los Angeles, CA)

116. Kyrsha Wildasin (Malibu, CA)

117. Suzi Landolphi, (Sunland, CA )

118. Beth Gulas (Los Angeles, CA)

119. Elizabeth Taylor (West Hollywood, CA)

120. Margarita Nagy (Woodland Hills, CA)

121. Amy Propper (Tampa, FL)

122. Carole Preisach (V C Highlands, NV)

123. Shaun Burks (Sparks, NV)

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