Wednesday, June 01, 2005

God Influences FDA on Birth Control Decision

HERO OF THE MONTH: California State Senator Deborah Ortiz

In response to the growing trend of pharmacies refusing to fill women's birth control prescriptions, California state Senator Deborah Ortiz is protecting the safety and well-being of women in California by sponsoring SB 644, the "Duty to Dispense" bill. For her dedication to the dignity and health of her constituents - she is May's hero of the month!

ZERO OF THE MONTH: FDA Appointee David Hager

Hager, the anti-choice doctor hand-picked by Bush to advise the FDA on reproductive health drugs, has made no secret of his anti-choice views. Hager was reported in The Nation and The Washington Post to have bragged about his role in preventing emergency contraception from being approved for over-the-counter sales:

In his sermon at Asbury College last fall, Hager proudly recounted his role in the Plan B decision.

"After two days of hearings," he said, "the committees voted to approve this over-the-counter sale by 23 to 4. I was asked to write a minority opinion that was sent to the commissioner of the FDA... Now the opinion I wrote was not from an evangelical Christian perspective... But I argued it from a scientific perspective, and God took that information, and He used it through this minority report to influence the decision."