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Monday, January 21, 2019

Fact check: The annual anti-abortion march

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 7:42 AM

click to enlarge AT THE MARCH:  Sen. Tom Cotton was among the usual retinue of politicians at the annual anti-abortion march. - TWITTER/TOM COTTON
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  • AT THE MARCH: Sen. Tom Cotton was among the usual retinue of politicians at the annual anti-abortion march.
The annual abortion protest marches were held around the country Sunday and, as usual, press accounts quoted the misinformation repeated there. From the coverage of the Arkansas march, the following passage stood out:

The March for Life rally also focused on committing to an educational campaign on Abortion Pill Rescue, a program that offers reversal treatment for women who choose medication-induced abortion and then change their mind before taking both of the drugs required to complete the abortion.
Abortion pill "reversal treatment" is disputed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and based on scientifically challenged work by an anti-abortion doctor.

Here's reading on the topic from the obstetricians' group. It says "reversal" procedures are unproven and unethical. It says legislative mandates to tell women about this treatment are dangerous to women's health. Yes, there are anti-abortion doctors who disagree. But to speak of this "treatment" without qualification is to not tell the whole story. Here's a lengthy discussion on medication abortion, should facts matter, that includes a mention of Arkansas's leading role in mandating this unsupported required counseling.

Incidentally, relevant to another claim heard at the event, the abortion pill procedure is done during the first eight or nine weeks of pregnancy, long before viability of a fetus.

Speaking of abortion protests: You've no doubt read about the exchange between a group of Catholic high school boys from Kentucky, a native American and others during the march in Washington. Of all the commentary, I thought this Twitter thread by James Martin, a Jesuit priest, struck a well-modulated view on the  encounter and also about the march generally:

First, a comment about the March for Life, which I support. The gross over-politicization of this religious event, and its increasing reliance on political figures to draw crowds, is unnecessary, irreligious and dangerous. 
Yes. Leaving MAGA hats at home might be a good place to start in preparing for a demonstration of religious belief. Would you wear them to Mass?
 

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