Feminists Oppose Radically Religious Nominee to Crucial FDA Post

The Feminist Majority will joined the National Organization for Women,several members of the US Congress, and other concerned groups on Wednesday in a press conference to get the word out about President Bush’s nomination of a heavily religious and anti-abortion rights doctor to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. W. David Hager, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Kentucky, is a member of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and represented the group in the recent petition to the FDA asking for an immediate ban on mifepristone (also known as RU-486 and the “abortion pill”) as well as a complete review of its approval, claiming that the drug endangered the lives of women and their “unborn/newborn offspring,” according to a CMA news release. The committee that Hager would lead was responsible for a “key recommendation” in 1996 that led to FDA approval of mifepristone.

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