3d ultrasound of 21 week old fetus

The Atlantic Lets It’s Culture of Death Biases Create Fake News

I need to engage with this bit of creative writing by Moira Weigel one more time. She’s the comparative literature doctoral candidate who wrote an anti-science screed in, of all things, the Atlantic.

But it clearly had to scratch the itch of the Atlantic’s editors to get published because anyone with an ounce of sense would have recognized a bunch of falsehoods quickly. Still, they not only ran the story but then when the falsehoods became apparent they kept editing the story without documenting the errors. That is a practice the Atlantic has roundly condemned in other publications.

Finally, the Atlantic did list the errors it corrected. They did not note, however, that they changed the title from a factual assertion that an ultrasound is mostly meaningless to something that makes no factual assertions.

The only way this happens is if a column scratches the itch of an editor’s bias and that editor is agenda driven. Clearly the Atlantic buys into the Culture of Death that makes up the left. So here now are the corrections. Read them and ask yourself one simple question: with that many errors, how did this piece get published in the first place?

* This article originally stated that there is “no heart to speak of” in a six-week-old fetus. By that point in a pregnancy, a heart has already begun to form. We regret the error.

** This article originally stated that the fetus was already suffering from a genetic disorder. We regret the error.

*** This article originally stated that Bernard Nathanson headed the National Right-to-Life Committee and became a born-again Christian. Nathanson was active in but did not head the committee, and he converted to Roman Catholicism after The Silent Scream was produced. We regret the error.

**** This article originally stated that the doctors claimed fetuses had no reflexive responses to medical instruments at 12 weeks. We regret the error.

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