Carol Platt Liebau: Bias? Decide for Yourself

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bias? Decide for Yourself

A post here yesterday alludes to charges of bias on the part of some of the authors of the controversial new report arguing that unborn babies don't feel pain until 27 weeks.

Today, USA Today has more on the backgrounds of those accused of conflicts of interest. The Journal of the American Medical Association says it would have accepted the piece even if it had known of the alleged conflicts (which it didn't); the authors, of course, deny all.

Read the piece and decide for yourself.

To me, past affiliations with the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League on the part of one author, and at the abortion provider Women's Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital on the part of the other, make me pretty suspicious.

Wonder if JAMA will publish appropriate studies submitted by those affiliated with National Right to Life?

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Blogger eLarson said...

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The lede for the story should be "An Abortion clinic director and a former NARAL employee produce paper rationalizing abortion."

It should be treated with the same brand of scorn as if a tobacco company executive had produced a paper hailing the harmlessness of cigarette smoke.

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Blogger Bachbone said...

Tsk, tsk, tsk! Comment spamming by wannabe bloggers is something new to me, Carol. Sorry you've been thwacked.

Rush pointed out this biased piece on his radio show today. Thank you for helping spread the word. The number of purposely biased "research" studies must be amazing.

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