Sunday, May 15, 2005
Whoa, that was fast. Didn't he get the memo that Repug freakshows are supposed to fight back, lie and deny, no matter how cornered they are? We were just getting started kicking your perv ass all over our playground. I think someone in Chimpy's house probably told him his services were "no longer needed." The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that he's also challenged claims by his ex-wife in the Nation article that has everyone buzzing, something he didn't do earlier.
"I will no longer be on the advisory committee after June 30," Hager said. He indicated the decision was made before the allegations surfaced.
In a story in The Nation magazine, Hager's former wife accused the doctor of sexually abusing her during their 32-year marriage. The couple divorced in 2002. Yesterday, Hager, who was appointed by the Bush administration to the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee, questioned the motives of his ex-wife and the liberal monthly. He said the article -- which includes graphic details about their sex life together -- was "not based on all of the facts."
[Oh, like maybe this part in the article: "it was the sexual and emotional abuse within their marriage that eventually forced her out. "I probably wouldn't have objected so much, or felt it was so abusive if he had just wanted normal [vaginal] sex all the time," she explained to me. "But it was the painful, invasive, totally nonconsensual nature of the [anal] sex that was so horrible."]
"As I said before, the allegations as stated do not reveal all of the information and therefore they're incomplete and not true," the obstetrician-gynecologist said. "No one likes to be criticized, no one likes to be torn apart privately or publicly and I think that it's disappointing that my former wife has chosen this avenue to vent her anger and bitterness."
Hager has long been a target of groups who dislike his conservative Christian views and opposition to abortion. Many of those groups vigorously fought his appointment to the FDA board in 2002. The White House declined to comment on whether Hager will be reappointed. "We don't speculate on personnel announcements," said White House spokesman Taylor Gross.
Hager's ex-wife has changed her name to Linda Davis. She is now a Georgia Methodist minister's wife. Reached yesterday, she said "every detail" of the story in The Nation is accurate. "The Bible says that it's the truth that sets you free, so that's part of my decision to speak the truth," she said.