Phony Study

A paper published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that “fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester.” Only one problem: The authors have significant, undisclosed ties to the abortion industry and can rightly be suspected of bias. One is the medical director of the so-called Women’s Options Center at San Francisco General Hospital, which performs abortions. Another is a former employee of the (also so-called) NARAL Pro-Choice America advocacy organization.

JAMA failed miserably to assure its readers that the “study” on fetal pain, which was actually just a summary of some earlier studies, was based on science and not on pure political propaganda. Can you imagine the reaction if JAMA had published, without disclosure, a study by pro-life researchers that the unborn actually do feel pain?

And besides, what difference does it make? Killing is still killing, whether the victim feels it or not.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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