The Democratic War on Science?

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Shannen Coffin alleges that while in the Clinton White House, Elena Kagan somehow got the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to change the language in its report on partial birth abortion, from a finding that it  "could identify no circumstances under which this procedure . . . would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman" to something which made the ban sound considerably more harmful.

I don't have a particular dog in this fight--I don't think these questions should be handled at the federal level either way--but it seems pretty inappropriate for the White House to be intervening in this sort of statement.  I'm not surprised the White House did it;  I never thought there was anything particularly partisan about attempts to manipulate science to fit a political narrative.  But I'm rather surprised that ACOG went along.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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