Monday, November 28, 2005

"W" v. Abortion via Dr. David Hager

Dr. Hager was appointed to the FDA advisory committee by our favorite "Bashee" in 2002. In his interview with Leslie Stahl on last night's edition of "60 Minutes", he EVEN ADMITTED that Plan B or the "morning after pill" was SAFE.

"Little Professor Time" -- I don't know what you think is "birth control" or "abortion", but those of us who have taken at least a few semesters of college-level biology can tell you that implantation is only one step in a cycle of events that, if successful, develops into pregnancy. In order to become pregnant, the corpus luteum must not degrade and continue to produce progesterone throughout pregnancy. This happens when the embryo produces human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG). Implantation, if successful, happens approximately 5-7 days after fertilization, during the third week of the menstrual cycle. Mensturation occurs when estrogen and progesterone levels drop, causing the endometrium to degrade and shed. hCG prevents this from occurring. In order for implantation to be successful, the embryo must develop a placenta.

Yet, it was this nutcase's "righteousness" that derailed the eventual OTC availability of this form of BIRTH CONTROL, calling it a "chemical abortion." PLAN B IS NOT RU-486. The FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly to approve OTC availability for Plan B, yet the FDA ignored its own scientists.

But last August, then-FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford surprised just about everyone when he announced that the agency had postponed a decision on the new application for what could be months or years. He took the unprecedented step of overruling his own scientific staff.

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