Today’s TEA Party Republican idiocy comes from David Halvorson (R-Sidney). Speaking on the floor of the Montana House of Representatives, this former director of Montana Right-to-Life offered fake “scientific information” he’d found on the Internet shows “the evil, the absolute evil” that results from allowing women to decide whether and when they will have children.
Halvorson held forth on the classic crank argument that “abortion causes cancer,” and that women who get abortions are “six times more likely to commit suicide.”
As for his scientific evidence, Halvorson, a former voice over performer, argued that his claims are “substantiated by published literature” from a “prestigious” organization. By this he means The Elliot Institute–they’re behind the document Halvorson theatrically brandishes in the video.
This institute is little more than one imbecile who writes papers based on junk science, a man named David Reardon. Reardon received his “doctorate in biomedical ethics” from an on-line, unaccredited institution, and it shows. The Elliot Institute doesn’t follow the peer review process in scientific publishing that is designed to maintain standards and further the discovery of scientific truth. And in its “studies” the institute cites nothing other than it’s own previous articles or letters-to-the-editor, as evidence.
So either Halvorson is incapable of discerning the difference between junk science and otherwise, or he is deliberately using junk science to deceive his colleagues into passing a bill that the legislature’s own attorneys say is unconstitutional, HB 391.
There is an entire body of actual science to back this up. Consider the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, California Teacher’s study of 10,000 women, the Nurse’s Health Study II, which included over 100,000 women, and the EPIC Study (over 250,000 women.) And just a few more: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.