Science? What Science?

At The Atlantic, Moira Weigel twists herself into a pretzel trying to argue that ultrasound images of the unborn have nothing to do with reality: "[Informed consent] measures are based on two assumptions: First, that an ultrasound image has an obvious meaning. Second, that any pregnant woman who sees an ultrasound will recognize this meaning. Science does not bear either assumption out."

Unfortunately, science was not on Weigel's side, as The Atlantic before long had to issue a correction to her contention that "there is no heart to speak of" at six weeks. Science is a funny thing: You can try to divorce it from reality, but it refuses to stay that way.


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