‘New Climate’ in American Science, Government, Affects Policies on HIV/AIDS, Abortion
Recent U.S. debates over funding for international HIV/AIDS programs being channeled through mostly "abstinence-only" groups and the supposed link between breast cancer risk and abortion, as well as others, are "indicative of a new climate that has emerged under the Bush administration" that is shaped by links to big business and "just as much" by a "fiercely moral approach to the business of science," London's Guardian reports. According to the Guardian, these "aren't the old wars of science versus religion." Proponents of theories with religious overtones frame their arguments as legitimate scientific theories "no less deserving of a hearing than any other [scientific theory]," according to the Guardian. The article discusses several abortion- and AIDS-related examples to support its argument (Burkeman/Jha, Guardian, 4/10). The complete article is available online.This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.