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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Just had to do something about Em's last post on Chris Mooney's rant.

Wrote this email to the editors of the Washington Monthly over lunchtime:

From: Annie Banno
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 12:05 PM
Subject: Chris Mooney opinion column: "How religious right promotes its own "experts" to combat mainstream science"

Regarding the article here:

Mr. Mooney's claims effectively malign and dismiss these 18 prestigious medical science journals (all of which are linked to in a 15-post series given below, as having published studies on the scientific results of various harms that abortion does to women):

Journal of American Medical Association
New England Journal Of Medicine
American Journal of Public Health
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (sponsored by American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and 30 other such societies)
American Journal of Epidemiology
International Journal of Epidemiology
Human Reproduction
Obstetrics and Gynecology (published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and different than the AJOG above)
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Genitourinary Medicine
British Medical Journal
Lancet (UK)
Fertility and Sterility
Family Planning Perspectives
Southern Medical Journal
Acta Obsetricia et Gynecolgica Scandinavica
Canadian Medical Association Journal

May I point Mr. Mooney toward this series (Start here , then click to the final post and work your way back through all 15: (the links to all 15 are at the extreme end of the last post in that series).

Not one of these 15 articles mentions religion or politics as a pro-life defense nor depends on religious or political argument in any way.

For seven years, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM III-R) listed abortion as a "psychosocial stressor" event which can produce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have a copy to prove it, and Mr. Mooney could buy his own used copy from Amazon as I did. Surely, Mr. Mooney knows how difficult and rigorous the process is for adding a listing for a disorder or stressor to the APA's manual. If not, I'd be happy to tell him, as I've done that research.

Let's see if I understand: Chris Mooney "graduated from Yale University in 1999" with presumably a B.A. English degree (it doesn't actually say that though), so he's about 26, 27 or so and has no medical or scientific education himself...and he's a freelance writer...heralded for his "trenchant brand of science-centered commentary." Writes in popular press including Slate and Salon...which are both sort of crosses between USA Today and Cosmo for the online 'zine crowd...

I have to ask: how many science courses did Mr. Mooney take at Yale that would have been meaty enough to count toward any kind of a Bachelor of Science degree?

And he can dismiss Reardon's education and credentials?

Paging "Mr.-Pot-Calling-The-Kettle-Black"...


Annie Banno
~ Blog-co-writer,

~ Operation Outcry: Silent No More, Connecticut State Leader; National Toll-Free Helpline: 1-866-482-LIFE ; or

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