House Bill That Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks Is Based On Fake Science

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Robin Andrews 04 Oct 2017, 19:10

Then you have the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who wrote in 2012 that they agree with these two massive reviews into the subject.

The organization explains that those that support rolling back the abortion limit are cherry-picking studies, and that when “weighed together with other available information,” their argument doesn’t hold water. In some instances, pro-life opponents take statements by medical professionals out of context to make it seem as if they’re agreeing with them.

Whatever the tactic, here we are in 2017 with a bill that seeks to make abortion more difficult regardless of the best available science.

This bill was actually passed in a similar form back in 2015, but it failed to pass the Senate. The same is likely to be true this time around, but the fact that it’s even passed the House again is a testament to how little influence science has on American policy these days.

Really, at the end of the day, this is another example of why women’s reproductive rights should not be solely determined by lawmakers. This is a matter for scientific discussion – and, indeed, for women, not the male-dominated halls of Congress or the Trump administration.


Taking the moral and ethical debate out of it, this bill can be boiled down to a single question: Who do you trust when it comes to biological science – politicians or medical experts?

[H/T: Vox]

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