"Let me first say that I have been interviewed by no one regarding any
article written about my proposed appointment. All of the information in op-eds and on broadcasts as well as the NOW
press conference is either second hand or conjecture.
I counsel all of my single patients about the risks of non-marital
sexual activity, as I do married patients whose spouse is known to be involved with another partner. Those risks including
STDs and non-marital pregnancy. I advise them that abstinence is the best prevention for both consequences. If
they choose to be sexually active, I provide contraceptive prescriptions and advise the use of condoms as well.
never written or said that prayer alone, in the absence of medication when needed or other forms of therapy, is to be used
to treat stress-related disorders or other diseases. I am a person of faith, but know that faith and science can be
balanced, and does not prevent objectivized evaluation of data." Dr. David Hager
In researching Dr.
Hager, I came across a Time article which claimed that he had refused to talk to them. Dr. Hager added, "Time called
while I was out of the office on a speaking engagement and therefore said that I did not return their calls. Thank you
for your kind support." Dr. David Hager
"My appointment has been confirmed
and announced now. Have done some interviews. Still being criticized by Planned Parenthood, National Organization
for Women, and the National Abortion Rights League. Still being considered to be too pro-life, and too conservative
for them. I had not been interviewed by any of the writers who had written about me and yet they said that I would not
prescribe birth control pills to single women and that all I prescribed for premenstrual syndrome and stress disorders was
prayer, both of which are not true.
To your readers I would say that I am a scientist who is a man of faith and
in my opinion both can be combined. I have always objectively evaluated data and arrived at decisions based on that
objective evaluation. We all have biases, but that does not prevent me from making wise decisions about the health and
well-being of women and their families." Dr. David Hager
From Dr. Hager's patient, Tina, posted 3/3/3:
"I think that I can shed light on this topic. Dr. Hager was my OB/GYN for 8 years. I started going
to him when I was 19 years old and I was single. I was put on birth control pills to control my periods. I know
of several other single women who were put on birth control pills for contraceptive purposes. In all of the years that
I have been affiliated with his practice -- all the women in my family have gone to him over the course of the last 15 years
-- he has never once brought his religion into play when diagnosing or treating illnesses. I have had plenty of female
problems and not once was I told to go home and pray about it. I was given benefit of the latest medical treatments and was
treated with dignity and respect. Dr. Hager quickly diagnosed my PCOS and endometriosis and I was given the
standard treatments of hormonal supplements, surgery, Glucophage, pain killers, and eventually Clomid. The only times that
I have witnessed religion in his practice is when he said a prayer with me before each of my surgeries as well as before
each delivery he has ever done. While I have not read the book that you quoted, I have read "Stress and the Woman's Body"
and there is a suggestion that women become in tune with the spiritual side of life as a way to help certain ailments.
Never does he say to do this in place of modern medicine. It is a part of a holistic approach. You must treat
the mind, soul and body. What he recommends is no different than if some doctor suggested that for high blood pressure, you
take these pills and also attend a yoga class once a week or try meditation. It's just that Dr. Hager recommends that
you do the prescribed treatment and also seek God for his healing powers." Tina, Former patient of
Dr. W. David Hager