Rejection of science

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When science and ideology collide, advocates of science have shown a tendency towards the rejection of science, by ignoring scientific research, or engaging in deception campaigns which obscure what science actually says.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

In the context of embryonic stem cell research, Joseph Bottum wrote:

I have long suspected that science, in the context of the editorial page of the New York Times, was simply a stalking-horse for something else. In fact, for two something-elses: a chance to discredit America's religious believers, and an opportunity to put yet another hedge around the legalization of abortion.[1]


Other groups ignore various fields of science in the context of abortion. As a supporter of abortion, the Worldwatch Institute claims:

The Institute's interdisciplinary research is based on the best available science and focuses on the challenges that climate change, resource degradation, and population growth pose for meeting human needs in the 21st century.[2]

This is contrasted against the findings of Jerome LeJeune, Professor of Fundamental Genetics at the University of Paris Faculty of Medicine, who stated:

To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion…it is plain experimental evidence.[3]

In addition, Joseph Howard, Director of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission said:

Studies involving ultrasonography, electronic fetal heart monitoring, amniocentesis, chorionic villi sampling, radioimmunochemistry, fetoscopy, and contact embryoscopy all lead to one and only one valid conclusion: human life begins at the moment of fertilization.[4]

Despite these statements, the Worldwatch Institute does not acknowledge that life begins at conception in its discussions on abortion.


  1. [1] [Dead link]
  2. Worldwatch Institute. About Worldwatch; (2010)
  3. Lejeune J. cited in Scott R et al. Fetal Development; Health Care Ethics presentation, University of Kentucky; (n.d.) [2]
  4. Howard, J.C. Personhood: Testimony before the Nebraska legislature regarding stem cell research recommendations; American Bioethics Advisory Commission (2001) [3]

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