Science and Advocacy

I thought this was an interesting analog to some activities in climate science:

some advocates for women’s health tried to pressure The Lancet into delaying publication of the new findings, fearing that good news would detract from the urgency of their cause, [Lancet editor] Dr. [Richard] Horton said in a telephone interview.“I think this is one of those instances when science and advocacy can conflict,” he said.

Dr. Horton said the advocates, whom he declined to name, wanted the new information held and released only after certain meetings about maternal and child health had already taken place.

He said the meetings included one at the United Nations this week, and another to be held in Washington in June, where advocates hope to win support for more foreign aid for maternal health from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Other meetings of concern to the advocates are the Pacific Health Summit in June, and the United Nations General Assembly meeting in December.

some advocates for women’s health tried to pressure The Lancet into delaying publication of the new findings, fearing that good news would detract from the urgency of their cause, [Lancet editor] Dr. [Richard] Horton said in a telephone interview.“I think this is one of those instances when science and advocacy can conflict,” he said.

Dr. Horton said the advocates, whom he declined to name, wanted the new information held and released only after certain meetings about maternal and child health had already taken place.

He said the meetings included one at the United Nations this week, and another to be held in Washington in June, where advocates hope to win support for more foreign aid for maternal health from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Other meetings of concern to the advocates are the Pacific Health Summit in June, and the United Nations General Assembly meeting in December.

“People who have spent many years committed to the issue of maternal health were understandably worried that these figures could divert attention from an issue that they care passionately about,” Dr. Horton said. “But my feeling is that they are misguided in their view that this would be damaging. My view is that actually these numbers help their cause, not hinder it.”

“People who have spent many years committed to the issue of maternal health were understandably worried that these figures could divert attention from an issue that they care passionately about,” Dr. Horton said. “But my feeling is that they are misguided in their view that this would be damaging. My view is that actually these numbers help their cause, not hinder it.”

  • A bit of editing needed to remove the duplicated paragraphs.

  • Matty O

    I wonder what ignorant, hateful crap ‘Hunter’ will post about this…

  • Bryan

    @Matty O
    The troll is bad enough already. There’s no call for you to go a poke him with a stick to get him started.

  • What fun is it to post to people that agree with you.

    I like the discussion !

    Viva la Trolls ! [Pardon my fractured French]

  • Waldango

    ****”What fun is it to post to people that agree with you.”

    Yeah. I couldn’t agree more!!

    Particularly when the conversation is sooooo well informed and its inferences so well thought out. Like the analog above.

    By the way, isn’t “Viva la” Spanish?

  • hunter

    Human nature is the common denominator in this.
    Viva, by the way, is apparently French as well. Not surprising since both are Romance languages.

  • Walpedantic

    Well, here I am being pedantic (and thus a dick, I admit it), but…

    Spanish: “Viva”
    French: “Vive”
    English: “Viva Las Vegas”

    Vive la Chasseur!

  • hunter

    Waldopedantic,
    Perhaps that is why netdr said, “[Pardon my fractured French]”.
    Another sign of a troll is that they suffer from the terrible effects of a humorectomy.

  • What really sucks is that after this much exposure, you’d think Warren would attract a better class of troll. These guys are boring and lame. A proper troll call at least mildly disturb you; I don’t even bother rolling my eyes at these.