Evangelical Doctor May Have Swayed FDA

Soon after the Food and Drug Administration overruled its advisory panel last year and rejected an application to make an emergency contraceptive more easily available, critics of the agency said it had ignored scientific evidence and yielded to pressure from social conservatives.

He said he believes his memo played a central role in the rejection of that recommendation.Hager told the group that he had not written his report from an “evangelical Christian perspective,” but from a scientific one… “I argued from a scientific perspective, and God took that information, and he used it through this minority report to influence the decision,” Hager said. “Once again, what Satan meant for evil, God turned into good.”

If it is goddamn scientific then why couldn’t the memo have stood up by itself without God helping? Birth control is not evil. Ignorance is a little closer.

One thought on “Evangelical Doctor May Have Swayed FDA

  1. Beastmomma

    I think this relates a bit to the debate about teaching evolution. There seems to be a group of folks who claim to be scientist and also of a particular faith. In case you forget or have question, they insert mention of God into documents and practice. I think the faith clashes with their work as practioners because their faith limits the way they practice the profession– limiting access to the emergency contraception, refusing to provide birth control, not giving comprhensive sex education. It does not become part of serving a greater good instead it is about rewarding people who are “behaving properly.” Any ideas or philosphies which question this “one empty phrase fixes all” or asks them to expand their actions to do the hard work of combating evil or making the world better gets shot down as sinful.

    Phew– I guess I had more to say on the subject than I thought 🙂

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