Guys, this is just too good. Anti-abortion groups can’t even get it right when they use legitimate science.
The National Right to Life Committee’s report on fetal pain has been used to support a number of 20-week abortion bans, but the scientists they’ve cited disagree with the way their findings are being used.
In a typical anti-abortion move, Dr. Bjorn Merker’s work on children with brain defects was cited 12 times in the NRLC’s report, even though it didn’t deal with fetal pain at all. We’ve seen this kind of blatant misinterpretation in studies anti-choicers claim to prove the link between abortion and breast cancer - studies that actually had nothing to do with abortion.
The most interesting response in the article is Dr. Sunny Anand’s. I’ve discussed him before (under his publishing name, K.S. Anand), being one of the most prolific publishers of fetal pain papers, so I was pleased to see what he thought of his work being used to push abortion bans. Turns out, he’s not too happy. For the past nine years, he’s refused to testify on abortion legislation, and says the politicization of his work has “gotten completely out of hand.”
Fetal pain is a huge topic in the abortion debate right now, and I urge everyone to read this article. You can also find more in my #fetal pain tag, where I discuss and debunk studies used to push abortion bans.
Interestingly, I see the same thing happen with anti-vaccine reports - they frequently cite studies that have NOTHING to do with autism. If vaccines and abortions were actually terrible, maybe there’d be some actual, legitimate science to back it up. It says a lot about a movement when they have to lie to you to convince you they’re right.
I like the last part most of all. Yes, how many anti-choicers would support anesthetics for the fetuses in abortions? After all, if the pain is the best reason they’ve got…