Separate science from politics and faith from lawmaking.
Hey, Republicans! This is your old friend, Abortion! I’ve been here for centuries and legal in the U.S. since 1973. I’ve saved lives and prevented more people from being born into a society and economy that can’t possibly support them. But lately, you’ve been dragging my name through the mud something awful. Take this quote for example
“Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’”
GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said that at the CNN Reagan Library Debate. And she was referring to a video she cooked up in her brain (which despite all of our best medicine, we haven’t been able to keep alive to harvest). Her video doesn’t exist, unless she goes and produces it herself in the next couple days to prove a point. And that seems to be the new modus operandi of the anti-abortion (and really anti-science) movement: make the claim first, then create the proof in post.
Everyone is having late-term abortions! Here’s a video we made of one! This represents “literally” millions (or actually just the one in the video).
Climate change isn’t real! And here’s a “scientist” who (we paid and) supports our message. Ignore the thousands of other scientists who tell you the opposite!
Vaccines are deadly! Here, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey will tell you how and why based on scientific reports that were discounted not long after they released, because the data was tampered with!
We can do hours, days, years even of fact-checking here on the Internet to correct their grievous errors in their loose garbage talk, but guess what? No one reads the “Corrections” column of the newspaper. So here’s yet another futile attempt to tell Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and all the other “good” Christians (who care so much about women they need to tell them what to do in every aspect of their minds, bodies and souls), that their misinformation damages the nation as a whole.
Maybe what we need is a separation -- not of church and state -- but of politics and science. Once a fact is deemed true in science, politicians are not allowed to dispute its validity. Science should never be partisan. But science has been wrong before, you argue! Sure, it has, but the nature of science is that when new discoveries are made, we update the facts. Just ask Pluto, and it’ll tell you all about being demoted from being a planet.
The science isn’t still out on climate change, vaccinations, or the positive aspects of both abortions or the good that stem cell research can do. It’s just not. Maybe, personally you don’t support these things because of your deep faith and belief. But faith and belief aren’t science. They aren’t facts, no matter how strongly you believe them.
And if you don’t agree, leave an angry or inane comment below. And if you do, read those inane comments, get angry and join me in the fight for women’s health and rights.
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