You have nothing to fear but fear itself (and breast cancer)

So far this week, we’ve had several examples of how not to write about abortion, so now we might as well top the week off with an object lesson in how not to write about breast cancer courtesy of Melanie McFadyean. For anyone diagnosed with cancer, anything but […]

So what has Mehdi Hasan actually learned?

Is is bravery or masochism that’s prompted Medhi Hasan to jump straight back into the fire by regaling the world with his list of “10 Things I Learned From Debating Abortion On Twitter“? Who knows for sure, but as the article is up at HuffPo I suppose the […]

How not to debate abortion

Okay, so while I was tackling Deborah Orr’s misconceived view of the abortion debate, Mehdi Hassan was stirring up a shit storm of his own at the New Statesman with an article entitled ‘Being pro-life doesn’t make me any less of a lefty‘. Maybe it does, maybe it […]

Deborah Orr and the Abortion Debate

I could, I suspect, be forgiven for being more than just a little bit irritated with Deborah Orr’s comments on the seemingly never-ending abortion debate, which she kicks off with the following observations… Oh, Lord, the right to choose. There’s no more powerful and predictable way to invite […]

The Most Repellent Clergyman in Britain Awards

There are days when one has to wonder whether there might just be a secret competition under way for the title of the most viscerally unpleasant clergyman in Britain. If there is such a competition – and if there isn’t there should be – then it’s one for […]

Andrew Brown and ‘Evil’ Science

The smell of burning straw men is, again, wafting over Andrew Brown’s latest contribution to Comment is Free: This isn’t bad science. It’s evil science How helpful is it to say that science is neutral in itself, and what makes it good or evil are political decisions? Scientists, […]

Abortion and Mortality Rates – How not to do science.

Over on the other side of the big pond, the Sacramento Bee is carrying the following report of a newly published ‘study’ which looks at the ‘relationship’ between female mortality and first pregnancy outcome. SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 5, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — A new study of the medical records […]

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis (again) – Understanding Risk.

Recently I published a series of five articles that looked in depth at the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) hypothesis and the complex relationship between women’s reproductive history and their short and long term risk of developing breast cancer. Based on the research evidence I covered in those articles, we […]

What can Chirokinetic Therapy treat?

If you’re guessing that the correct answer to the title question is ‘nothing’ then congratulations, you have the correct answer but please permit me to elaborate a little further. At the beginning of May I wrote about David Stevens, a Leatherhead-based quack who trades under the names Vital […]

The Great Rape Joke Controversy™ Part 1

A subject I’ve been meaning to tackle for a while, but never quite got around to, is that of The Great Rape Joke Controversy™, which flared up on Twitter (again!) the other day – and if you missed the action then I’d heartily recommend that you read Ally […]