More Junk Science from the GOP

by Cowgirl

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.

In fact, there is NO association between abortion and cancer, nor any scientific evidence that abortion is hazardous to mental health.

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: 1234567891011121314151617.


23 Comments on "More Junk Science from the GOP"

  1. I think he knows its fake. You would have to be really, really stupid to believe this is science. What really gets me here is the dazzling speed with which Republicans are willing to toss the constitution overboard when the rights at stake aren’t those of white men.

  2. One word description of this man: IDIOT!

    • I was going to go with troglodyte, but since he probably doesn’t know what the word means, idiot will do.

      • I call him Hannibal Halvorson!


        You see, I really, really wish that Psycology Today would do a story on these pervy old white pervs who get OFF, get their jollies, and just generally like to whack off to a captive audience in public! For you see, I truly believe tha Hannibal Halvorson derives a perverse pleasure from targeting women in a public forum regarding women’s issues! The dude gets himself aroused with his self-righteous salacious sanctimony! And this is REAL sick!

      • …“scientific information” he’d found on the Internet shows “the evil, the absolute evil” …so, science is evil? and this guy found his “facts” on the internet, did he? yes, i am twisting this on purpose. do guys like him, incapable of giving birth (thank god), who have obviously not had to try to raise children alone, raise a child with no money…i need to end that sentence. what does he know about women? and i would bet he is up there in line, planning to trim “entitlements”, cut women’s & children’s health care, and defund mental health services, food banks, and schools. guys like this, i will add, are hazardous to my mental health. i wonder if he ever bought his wife any shoes.

        • Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 2, 2013 11:51 PM at 11:51 PM |

          Painting with an awfully broad brush their MJ. Obviously you believe all things on the internet is true? Just saying! Enlighten us, How finding crank material on the Internet makes it true?

          • that’s my point. just because some “fact” appears on the internet does not make it true. note the quotes & question marks in my post. nor do i believe published studies without corroboration. cowgirl has provided some support for her argument against his position. bottom line, why are women’s rights to choose birth control and abortion under such attack? especially by such men as these who cannot support their arguments with anything remotely considered factual.

  3. The Republicans have always believed the loud lie is necessary for their positions because the truth goes against them.

  4. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | February 27, 2013 9:19 AM at 9:19 AM |

    I truly believe with all my heart that there should be mental tests before Politicans are allowed to accept the job after elections. Halvorson is a case-in-point to that very argument.

  5. Everytime tje GOP) brings up afact I ask myself “do they really believe this and are they that stupid or is this just politics”. Eitherv way tyhwey are the stupidest people I know or their constituants are the supidest people”. Neither position is flatering.

  6. i am SO tired of all these white men telling all of us women what is good for us…when was the last time THEY all adopted babies?

  7. Oh, by the way, email the idiot & the repubs and tell them both this is stupid. And send a letter to the editor.

  8. The only way any of these guys can Have Sex is Viagra and they worry about us

  9. No, he is really that dumb. Most of his bills are about deregulating gravel pits.

  10. The tea party engaging in junk science? It’s a perfect compliment to their use of junk history.

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