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Dr. W. David Hager

Theological Gynecology

by DuWayne Charles

NOVEMBER 14, 2002. A Lexington, Kentucky doctor who advises women to pray and read the Bible to ease premenstrual pain may soon have near-final say on women's reproductive health drugs in the United States.

Dr. W. David Hager, a sworn enemy of the birth control pill, abortion and all sex outside heterosexual marriage, is the Bush administration's choice to chair the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) crucial Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

This means Dr. Hager may soon head the very panel that approved the "abortion pill," RU-486, which he and the Christian Medical Association are trying to get banned.

The biggest plum in Hager's future, however, would be to lead the Committee's study of the newly controversial post-menopausal hormone-replacement therapy. Any negative finding could be an excuse to attack birth-control pills, which contain similar substances. Fundamentalists are salivating at the prospect.

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