Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
1. A person who is obsessed with fetuses.
2. A person who values a clump of cells over the life of a fully developed and functioning human being.
3. Someone who has no problem with war, torture, capital punishment or denying healthcare to people, but is outraged by the idea of ending a pregnancy.
They are not “pro-life” since they don’t give a damn about living, breathing people in need and they generally don’t have any problems with war or the death penalty; they are fetalphiliacs. I propose the adoption and proliferation of this term. Reblog if you’re with me.
Rebloggable by request:
Why shouldn’t a doctor tell their patient when a fetus can feel pain?
Okay, here’s the thing. There’s a lot of misinformation about abortion out there, and the Institute of Clinical Education, Warwick Medical School, Coventry, UK undertook a study about this. Here’s some facts:
Misinformation about Abortion
Objective: To find the latest and most accurate information on aspects of induced abortion.
Methods: A literature survey was carried out in which five aspects of abortion were scrutinised: risk to life, risk of breast cancer, risk to mental health, risk to future fertility, and fetal pain.
Findings: Abortion is clearly safer than childbirth. There is no evidence of an association between abortion and breast cancer. Women who have abortions are not at increased risk of mental health problems over and above women who deliver an unwanted pregnancy. There is no negative effect of abortion on a woman’s subsequent fertility. It is not possible for a fetus to perceive pain before 24 weeks’ gestation. Misinformation on abortion is widespread. Literature and websites are cited to demonstrate how data have been manipulated and misquoted or just ignored. Citation of non-peer reviewed articles is also common. Mandates insisting on provision of inaccurate information in some US State laws are presented. Attention is drawn to how women can be misled by Crisis Pregnancy Centres.
Conclusion: There is extensive promulgation of misinformation on abortion by those who oppose abortion. Much of this misinformation is based on distorted interpretation of the scientific literature.
Citation: Rowlands, Sam (2011). “Misinformation on abortion”. The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care (1362-5187), p. 1. DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2011.570883
The lack of cortical connections before 24 weeks implies that pain is not possible until after 24 weeks. Even after 24 weeks, there is continuing development and elaboration of intracortical networks. Furthermore, there is good evidence that the fetus is sedated by the physical environment of the womb and usually does not awaken before birth.
Essentially, a fetus does not even have the brain structure to feel pain before 24 weeks - so roughly 6 months gestation, moving into 7 months.
Here’s when most abortions happen:
So, let’s get something straight - if doctors are forced to tell patients that a fetus feels pain before 20 weeks, they are being forced statutorily to lie to patients. Is that something you’re comfortable with? I’m not.
Know this. Be able to repeat and cite it. Be prepared to use this information in subsequent debates.