Dr. W. David Hager
Bananarama isn’t the only group of women to hear a rumor lately. An email has long been circulating warning women that Bush has appointed Dr. W. David Hager, an anti-abortion activist, to an FDA committee on reproductive drugs. The email warns that Hager refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women and that he says women who suffer from PMS should read the Bible and pray. The email further warns that Hager might use his religious beliefs to dictate reproductive health for women across the country.
As if a Bush appointee would do such a thing.
The email calls on everyone to contact Bush and tell him not to appoint Hager.
The problem is Bush already appointed Hager – in 2002 – and Hager has already used his version of morality to make sure women across the country don’t have access to emergency contraceptives (a.k.a. the morning after pill).
In addition, Hager, who is aligned with right-wing groups like the American Family Association and claims he is a moral warrior against the anti-Christ left (I’m paraphrasing), has been accused by his ex-wife of anally raping her throughout their marriage. The full story by Ayelish McGarvey can be found in the May 30, 2005 issue of The Nation, a fine publication if I ever saw one (http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050530&s=mcgarvey).
“Few women would knowingly choose a sexual abuser as their gynecologist, and fewer still would likely be comfortable with the idea of letting one serve as a federal adviser on women’s health issues,” wrote McGarvey. “Hager’s term on the FDA panel is set to expire on June 30, and observers on both sides of the political divide anticipate his reappointment.”
Personally I think “anticipate” is the wrong word. Fear is more like it. Though Hager’s right-wing supporters are probably giddy with excitement.
So now it’s up to you to fire up the old email chain and let people know that this isn’t a hoax. It is, however, a perfect example of Bush’s pandering to the right-wing and the hypocrisy of said right-wing. Folks are wise to keep a close eye on Bush’s appointments.
Email President Bush at [email protected] or call the White House at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and tell him you oppose having a right-wing nut, not to mention an accused rapist, make reproductive health decisions for America’s families. And be sure to check out the story on the pending medical refusal clause bills in Michigan on page 9. Anyone notice a pattern?