Hager Gone; Cadet’s Rape Counselor Faces Jail

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersThe Nation magazine in its May 30th issue uncovered allegations that Dr. W. David Hager, a religious conservative obstetrician and gynecologist who sits on the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel on reproductive health drugs, sexually abused his former wife.The investigative piece, which alleged that Hager sodomized his ex-wife without her consent during their marriage, was posted online on May 11. Hager has since announced he will not seek reappointment to the position. He will step down at the end of his term on June 30.Hager used his position to prevent emergency contraception from winning FDA approval for over-the-counter status.Hager has said he was asked to submit a “minority report” to help the FDA overrule the panel’s vote in favor of making “Plan B” available without a prescription, although a spokesperson said the FDA did not request the report, according to The Nation.Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have called for an investigation into the matter.Other Things to Cheer About This Week:– Egyptian journalists and demonstrators protested Wednesday in Cairo demanding that Interior Minister Habib el-Adly resign after allegations that he allowed sexual assaults on women at pro-democracy demonstration held last week, reports The Associated Press.–Mireille Rocatti, the new Mexican special prosecutor charged with investigating the killings of hundreds of girls and women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, began her first day of work Friday, reports Mexican El Dictamen. Roccatti, the former head of Mexico’s human rights commission, was appointed by Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca. Over the past decade more than 300 women have been found dead in the region.