David Savage: Some Experts Say Partial-Birth Abortion Is Safer (But I Won’t Tell You What the Others Say)
The L.A. Times‘s David Savage has an article about the partial-birth abortion decision. Savage implies that the opinion takes as a given the prospect that the ban will cause women significant health risks, but brushes that concern aside:
The Supreme Court’s opinion sets out two major changes to abortion law.
[The first is described. It has to do with a preference for as-applied challenges.]
Second, the court in the past said it would strike down abortion laws that might threaten the health of some patients. Kennedy’s opinion acknowledged that some nationally recognized medical experts testified that the ban on D&X could “create significant health risks” for some women who undergo midterm abortions.
But that alone is not enough to void the law, Kennedy concluded. There are other safe methods of performing these abortions, he said, and doctors are not entitled to “unfettered choice in the course of their medical practice.”
Savage highlights the fact that some doctors say that the ban creates “significant health risks.”
What he doesn’t mention is that many others disagree. This disagreement is a major point of the opinion, and is stated again and again (though not mentioned by Savage). Here are some representative quotes from the opinion:
[W]hether the Act creates significant health risks for women has been a contested factual question. The evidence presented in the trial courts and before Congress demonstrates both sides have medical support for their position.
. . . .
There is documented medical disagreement whether the Act’s prohibition would ever impose significant health risks on women.
. . . .
The medical uncertainty over whether the Act’s prohibition creates significant health risks provides a sufficient basis to conclude in this facial attack that the Act does not impose an undue burden.
Savage has done this exact same thing before on the exact same topic: noting that some experts say partial-birth abortion is safer — without noting that other experts disagree.
It’s not an accident, folks.