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Letters to the editor, July 10

Bogus claims

Kudos to state Sen. Wendy Davis for blocking the GOP’s draconian abortion law.

The bill, claimed by supporters to offer a “higher standard of care” for women seeking abortions, is nothing more than smoke and mirrors to conceal religious zealots’ desire to eliminate all state abortions.

Senate Bill 537 is being promoted on specious claims by people like Congressman Michael Burgess who seek to ban all abortions after 20 weeks because they feel a fetus can feel both pleasure and pain. Burgess’ testimony in a congressional hearing claimed that in a sonogram one might see a 15-week-old baby “stroke their face. If they’re a male baby” Burgess continues, “they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?”

This seems odd for someone who practiced as an OB/GYN doctor because there is no science to back up this claim.

“We certainly can see a movement of a fetus during that time, but in terms of any knowledge about pleasure or pain — there are no data to assess,” says Jeanne Conry, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a professional association for OB/GYNs. “We don’t know enough about the biology and the science.”

This charade by the religious right to use bogus scientific claims is at odds with their oft-expressed contempt for science, especially when it flies in the face of their flawed biblical claims about abortion, women and the environment.

Larry Beck,