FROM Nicholas Cafardi
The Evolving Tactics of the Pro-Life Movement Since Roe v. Wade was decided 35 years ago, a woman's right to choose an abortion has been Issue Number One in the so-called "culture wars." But it's still the law. The next Supreme Court vacancies are likely to be filled by a President who's pro-choice. Ballot initiatives to limit abortion failed this month in South Dakota , Colorado and California . The pro-life movement won't go away, but it's changing its tactics. We hear about the search for common ground and the new issue of same-sex marriage.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?