I am surprised that the Aug. 30 Stat article "Texas docs could face death penalty for certain abortions: prosecutors group" did not mention the bombshell that the Journal of the American Medical Association threw last week into the ongoing debate over the gestational age at which the unborn feel pain.
As a result of this article, the media reported that "researchers" declared that unborn children experience no pain until their 29th week. It turns out there was no serious research component but instead the article was a survey of previously published studies.
It was revealed that at least two of the study's authors had conflicts of interest which were unreported in the JAMA article. One of the authors worked for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) and another is medical director of the abortion clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. The authors viewed their associations not as "conflicts" but as qualifications, even though they were undisclosed. Authors with ties to the pharmaceutical companies certainly can't get away with that kind of specious reasoning.
Augustine Perrotta, D.O., president, Birmingham-Bloomfield Right to Life of Michigan