Keeping the Science Accurate (AKA why Kevin Swanson is wrong about little corpses)

One of the bigger conversations involved in the Pro-Life movement is that of the nature of the Morning After-pill and whether it actually has long-term results on the biological effects of the body.  In order to get this debate right, we need to have our science right.

And sadly, there are many who are making huge mistakes with their science.  In the last few days, Kevin Swanson made a few comments on his radio show about the nature of the womb/uterus, and the effects of after-pills:

I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.

This comment has been captured by a number of sources, like Right Wing Watch and Opposing Views, and used to attack the Conservative movement as a whole.  Is this what is shocking?  No.

What is shocking how comments like this are founded and how much people trust him no matter the facts.

Kevin is a well-accepted leader among those in the FIC/Quiverful movement, and a pastor with a long (and I mean LONG) history of controversy and debate in connection to issues of gender roles, the Family-Integrated Church movement, and the Culture Wars in general.  Many have compared his following to an almost-cultic level of devotion, where his word is gospel.   Hence, Swanson’s comments are even more dangerous, for many will accept these claims without actually testing the claims.

In the radio segment, Swanson provided no evidence for his claim.  So, how do we test it?  That’s a grand question.  From my simple glance over the science, this is an inaccurate statement, for that’s not how the system works.

Add to that this problem with menstruation, as noted by Opposing Views:

Now, I’m not usually one to feel the need to go all Biology 101 and point out that even if somehow there were tiny mini babies stuck in your uterus, they would come out when you menstruate since THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF MENSTRUATION.

Thankfully, journalists like Julie Anne of Spiritualsoundingboard.com are digging into this, in order to make sure we have the facts.  But we need to learn to check our facts, lest we end up lying and misrepresenting the truth of the situation.

 

About Christopher Hutton

Chris Hutton is a college student and Freelance Writer from Bloomington Minnesota. Since he was young, he loved books and ideas. Science was one of his favorite topics, as well as technology. It's one of the issues that has mattered to him consistently. Hence, Chris tries to bring a critical/helpful take to the modern understanding of technology. You can find Chris' home online at liter8.net, or you can tweet him via @liter8media.


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