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August 14, 2013 -

Commenting on recent state laws that tighten restrictions on abortion, Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is quoted as saying: “These states that are passing these laws are being driven by politics.  They’re being driven by ideals, but not by science and evidence.” 

Philosophically, the rhetorical divide between “ideals” and “science and evidence” is at least as old as David Hume.  In fact, it is so commonplace that it has a name: the fact/value dichotomy.  It is a convenient rhetorical trope for those who wish to pit the calm, reasonable deliverances of paternalistic science against the insanity of the village idiots clinging to their guns, religion, politics, ideals, moral values, etc.  But convenience is cheap. ... read more

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