The latest support for the axiom is a recent vitriolic article in the Sunday Times by journalist Poppy Koronka, alleging that in the US Christian fundamentalist bigots are pushing a highly risky abortion-reversal pill, exposing women who succumb to a risk of ‘severe’ haemorrhage (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/us-activists-pushing-unethical-and-risky-abortion-reversal-pill-2vp7g8mgh). She further alleges that they are deliberately misleading women by saying that one in ten abortions result in severe complications requiring treatment. In reality, she asserts, and according to NHS guidance, only one in 1,000 abortions will have serious side effects, while 70 in 1,000 may need secondary procedure. In sum, they are safe.
So why is there such a big discrepancy, one asks? Perhaps the outcomes are different in the US? Or perhaps we should assume that the NHS Trust Hospitals to whom the requests were made deliberately falsified their returns?
Somehow neither justification appears very convincing.
The truth is, there is an ideological war being waged in society at the moment, with the liberal elite battling to overturn the ‘old’ order and what they call outdated values. As Aeschylus so memorably said, the first casualty of war is truth.