An Abortion Miss for Politicized Science


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Public trust in scientific institutions has suffered greatly during Covid-19 as the lockdowns and face covering mandates have outlasted the underlying evidence. Don’t expect that to improve when a prestigious medical journal tries to politicize medicine with an editorial denouncing Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

This week, the Lancet encouraged that, “In fact, if the US Supreme Court upholds its draft decision” Roe v. Wade, “Women will die. Judges vote to strike Roe will not succeed in ending abortion, they will only succeed in ending safe abortion. Alito and his supporters will have women’s blood on their hands.”

Allow us to provide some peer-reviewed editorial reviews. The Court’s draft decision does not end abortion in the US. It returns the question to the states, where the public and elected representatives will debate and vote.

Many states will continue to allow this procedure throughout pregnancy. Some may ban it in most cases. Others may end up closer to the point of public opinion: Allowing abortions early in pregnancy and in some cases later, such as in cases of rape or when a mother’s life is at stake .

The Lancet editors lamented that Justice Alito’s leaked draft opinion was based on “an 18th-century document” — you know, the U.S. Constitution — and asked, “The United States has become a type. What society when a small group of Judges are allowed to harm women, their families, and the communities they have been appointed to protect? “Judges follow the law and are not qualified to deal with political consequences than, medical doctors have to delve into the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

These journals are considered forums for debate and academic rigor. And there’s a worthy debate in the medical profession about abortion: According to one survey, less than a quarter of American women perform abortions. Top reason for rejection? Personal objections to the practice.

The Lancet is trying to put science’s stamp on an American legal and political debate. But the journal will damage the pro-abortion cause if the public begins to see medical expertise as just another vehicle for a progressive agenda.

Wonder Land: How did the United States become a nation on the brink of political or personal violence? Image: AP / Zuma Press Composite: Mark Kelly

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Appeared on 14 May 2022, print edition as ‘Another Miss for Politicized Science.’ An Abortion Miss for Politicized Science

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