Top 10 Stories of 2020

The most-read articles on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2020 are…

#10: Interview: Pro-life Democrats reflect on the Democratic Party and the pro-life movement—The abortion industry exerts a barbaric influence on the Democratic Party, but left-leaning pro-lifers refuse to be sidelined.

#9: Christopher Hitchens Wound Up Opposing Abortion Choice—Hitchens, like many Americans, had conflicting feelings about abortion which changed over time. Ultimately, he concluded that “[t]he presumption is that the unborn entity has a right on its side, and that every effort should be made to see if it can be preserved.”

#8: Coronavirus, Liberty, and Abortion: Does the Right to Life Supersede All Other Rights?—The era of masks and social distancing has valuable lessons for the abortion debate.  

#7: Instead of abortion or adoption, what about kinship caregiving?—Guest author Virginia Pride brings attention to this under-discussed alternative. 

#6: Annie’s story: unintended pregnancy threatened her athletic scholarship — and her pro-choice views—”I knew there was a tiny human growing within me. Abortion would mean ending my child’s life. I knew this as an objective, undeniable, scientific fact. Another scientific fact: I could not remain competitive at the Division I level much longer. I was in the middle of a moral dilemma, and it quickly dawned on me that I may not really have much of a choice at all.”

#5: A Pro-Life Response to “The unscientific nature of the concept that ‘human life begins at conception,’ and why it matters”—Science is firmly on the side of the pro-life position. Pro-abortion science deniers rely on linguistic trickery.  

#4: How many Democrats are pro-life?—Depending on the poll you cite, somewhere between 11 million and 36 million.

#3: The pro-choice view survives on widespread ignorance of biology—Abortion industry leaders tend to avoid the easily debunked “clump of cells” lie, but rank-and-file pro-choicers have yet to catch on. 

#2: A Supreme Court abortion decision is expected any day. Here’s what you need to know.—Sadly, the Supreme Court granted abortion businesses an undeserved exception from health and safety regulations. In the process, Chief Justice John Roberts revealed himself to be a coward.

#1: Even very pro-choice biologists acknowledge a human life begins at fertilization—The scientific consensus on life’s beginning is abundantly clear. There is no mystery, only obfuscation.

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Top 10 Stories of 2019

The most-read articles on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2019 are…

10. Are Human Embryos Human From the Beginning?—Spoiler alert: Yes. 
9. I Used to be Religiously Pro-Life—Guest author Laura Vilaro describes her shift from opposing abortion purely because of her Catholic upbringing, to reaching a fuller understanding of abortion as a human rights violation. 
8. The people whose lives you suggest aren’t worth living? They can hear you.The Good Place actress and walking social media disaster Jameela Jamil attempted to exploit children in foster care to justify killing her child in an abortion. People who grew up in foster care weren’t having it. Their responses are amazing.
7. It’s not about bodily autonomy. Here’s how we know.—SPL president Kelsey Hazzard refutes the bodily autonomy argument for abortion, noting that it doesn’t explain pro-choice lawmakers’ opposition to protecting infants who survive attempted abortions. 
6. My visit to Planned Parenthood—Guest author Annaliese Corace shares the story of going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. They misdiagnosed her with an ectopic pregnancy and did not go through with the abortion, which fortunately gave her the chance to see another doctor and reconsider her decision. It turned out that her pregnancy was perfectly healthy, and she chose life for her daughter.
5. Legal Abortion Does Not Save Women’s Lives. Here’s Proof.—Sarah Terzo debunks the myth, peddled by Planned Parenthood’s then-president Leana Wen, that “thousands of women” died each year before Roe v. Wade and will again after it is overturned. (The Washington Post recently named Wen’s statement one of its biggest lies of 2019.)

4. How #ShoutYourAbortion Changed My Mind—Guest author Laura Elkins believed that the pro-choice movement was on the right side of history. Then the callousness of #ShoutYourAbortion prompted her to take a closer look.
3. Master post: 21+ week abortions usually aren’t medically necessary—Late-term abortion was a major topic this year, with unsubstantiated claims that they are only done for medical reasons dominating the pro-abortion narrative. SPL co-leader Monica Snyder summarizes the available data (including pro-abortion sources) and concludes that most late-term abortions are in fact elective. 
2. When we say “heartbeat” we don’t mean “fetal pole cardiac activity.” We mean “heartbeat.”—The weirdest pro-choice talking point to debut in 2019 has to be this new insistence that embryonic and fetal heartbeats aren’t “real” heartbeats. Monica breaks down the nonsense. 
And the most-read blog post of 2019… congratulations, Monica, for writing all three top articles… is:
1. Responding to 8 common pro-choice claims about late-term abortion.—Bookmark this is as a reference, because I guarantee you will see all eight claims resurface in the context of the 2020 elections.

Top 10 Stories of 2019

The most-read articles on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2019 are…

10. Are Human Embryos Human From the Beginning?—Spoiler alert: Yes. 
9. I Used to be Religiously Pro-Life—Guest author Laura Vilaro describes her shift from opposing abortion purely because of her Catholic upbringing, to reaching a fuller understanding of abortion as a human rights violation. 
8. The people whose lives you suggest aren’t worth living? They can hear you.The Good Place actress and walking social media disaster Jameela Jamil attempted to exploit children in foster care to justify killing her child in an abortion. People who grew up in foster care weren’t having it. Their responses are amazing.
7. It’s not about bodily autonomy. Here’s how we know.—SPL president Kelsey Hazzard refutes the bodily autonomy argument for abortion, noting that it doesn’t explain pro-choice lawmakers’ opposition to protecting infants who survive attempted abortions. 
6. My visit to Planned Parenthood—Guest author Annaliese Corace shares the story of going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. They misdiagnosed her with an ectopic pregnancy and did not go through with the abortion, which fortunately gave her the chance to see another doctor and reconsider her decision. It turned out that her pregnancy was perfectly healthy, and she chose life for her daughter.
5. Legal Abortion Does Not Save Women’s Lives. Here’s Proof.—Sarah Terzo debunks the myth, peddled by Planned Parenthood’s then-president Leana Wen, that “thousands of women” died each year before Roe v. Wade and will again after it is overturned. (The Washington Post recently named Wen’s statement one of its biggest lies of 2019.)

4. How #ShoutYourAbortion Changed My Mind—Guest author Laura Elkins believed that the pro-choice movement was on the right side of history. Then the callousness of #ShoutYourAbortion prompted her to take a closer look.
3. Master post: 21+ week abortions usually aren’t medically necessary—Late-term abortion was a major topic this year, with unsubstantiated claims that they are only done for medical reasons dominating the pro-abortion narrative. SPL co-leader Monica Snyder summarizes the available data (including pro-abortion sources) and concludes that most late-term abortions are in fact elective. 
2. When we say “heartbeat” we don’t mean “fetal pole cardiac activity.” We mean “heartbeat.”—The weirdest pro-choice talking point to debut in 2019 has to be this new insistence that embryonic and fetal heartbeats aren’t “real” heartbeats. Monica breaks down the nonsense. 
And the most-read blog post of 2019… congratulations, Monica, for writing all three top articles… is:
1. Responding to 8 common pro-choice claims about late-term abortion.—Bookmark this is as a reference, because I guarantee you will see all eight claims resurface in the context of the 2020 elections.

Top 10 Stories of 2018

We won’t keep you in suspense. The most-read posts on this blog for 2018 are…

10. “The People Want Roe to Stay”—Abortion polls produce bizarre results; people claim to support Roe v. Wade, but also favor abortion restrictions that aren’t possible with Roe in place.

9. Pro-life agnostic running for Senate in Missouri—Austin Petersen did not take office (he lost the primary to pro-life Christian Josh Hawley, who went on to defeat abortion supporter Claire McCaskill), but his campaign brought visibility to pro-life secularism.

8. I Am a Pro-Life Progressive. Don’t Shun Me.—A Democrat pleads for tolerance of pro-lifers within his party.

7. Film Review: Pro-Life Feminist—If you haven’t seen this documentary yet, you really should.

6. Pro-choice embryologist contradicts his own biology textbook—Classic.

5. Non-religious pro-life population grows to 12.8 million—More people are leaving religion, and the percentage of non-religious people who take an anti-abortion position has gone up at least 4 points since 2012.

4. How a militantly pro-choice young lady switched sides—”All it took to get me here was a single scientifically sound argument, logically constructed, and passionately stated. I am certain there are countless others like me, and it is our mission to reach them. We have science and logic on our side—now let’s go show the world our passion.”

3. Mourning Ireland—The Emerald Isle was a beacon of hope for life in the United States. That hope was shattered, thanks in no small part to Irish voters’ desire to exact retribution from the Catholic Church.

2. Supporting women with unplanned pregnancies: can we find common ground with the pro-choice side?—”The pro-choice side is quick to point out the many ways unplanned pregnancy can devastate a woman’s life, but if the implication is that she is choosing abortion because of these external reasons—and not because she specifically doesn’t want children—these are precisely the situations when even pro-choicers should see abortion as a travesty, not a panacea. If most women choose abortion because they feel they have to, then it’s backwards and even a bit grotesque to model abortion as women’s liberation.”

1. Three Excellent Reasons Not to Execute Women Who Have Abortions—Kevin Williamson’s fringe position is wrong, and the death penalty for abortion is a non-starter.

Top 10 Stories of 2018

We won’t keep you in suspense. The most-read posts on this blog for 2018 are…

10. “The People Want Roe to Stay”—Abortion polls produce bizarre results; people claim to support Roe v. Wade, but also favor abortion restrictions that aren’t possible with Roe in place.

9. Pro-life agnostic running for Senate in Missouri—Austin Petersen did not take office (he lost the primary to pro-life Christian Josh Hawley, who went on to defeat abortion supporter Claire McCaskill), but his campaign brought visibility to pro-life secularism.

8. I Am a Pro-Life Progressive. Don’t Shun Me.—A Democrat pleads for tolerance of pro-lifers within his party.

7. Film Review: Pro-Life Feminist—If you haven’t seen this documentary yet, you really should.

6. Pro-choice embryologist contradicts his own biology textbook—Classic.

5. Non-religious pro-life population grows to 12.8 million—More people are leaving religion, and the percentage of non-religious people who take an anti-abortion position has gone up at least 4 points since 2012.

4. How a militantly pro-choice young lady switched sides—”All it took to get me here was a single scientifically sound argument, logically constructed, and passionately stated. I am certain there are countless others like me, and it is our mission to reach them. We have science and logic on our side—now let’s go show the world our passion.”

3. Mourning Ireland—The Emerald Isle was a beacon of hope for life in the United States. That hope was shattered, thanks in no small part to Irish voters’ desire to exact retribution from the Catholic Church.

2. Supporting women with unplanned pregnancies: can we find common ground with the pro-choice side?—”The pro-choice side is quick to point out the many ways unplanned pregnancy can devastate a woman’s life, but if the implication is that she is choosing abortion because of these external reasons—and not because she specifically doesn’t want children—these are precisely the situations when even pro-choicers should see abortion as a travesty, not a panacea. If most women choose abortion because they feel they have to, then it’s backwards and even a bit grotesque to model abortion as women’s liberation.”

1. Three Excellent Reasons Not to Execute Women Who Have Abortions—Kevin Williamson’s fringe position is wrong, and the death penalty for abortion is a non-starter.

Top 10 Stories of 2017

The most read stories on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2017 are:

(10) Don’t Forget: The White Supremacist Movement Supports Abortion
Gross eugenicist reasoning leads racists like Richard Spencer to join forces with pro-choice feminists.

(9) She was raped and refused abortion. Here’s how she answers her critics.
However you feel about the rape exception, we should all be able to agree that a child conceived in rape should not be referred to as “from Satan,” and a mother in that situation should not be condemned for supposedly “bringing another rapist into the world”… right? Sadly, no.

(8) Newly launched project advances health for mothers and babies of color
Abide Women’s Health Services is bringing quality, culturally competent maternity care to south Dallas, and we could not be more excited!

(7) Love Was Louder Than My Rape
“Back 40 years ago, unwed, teenage pregnancy, and rape had such stigmas attached to them. I didn’t want to tell my parents because I was afraid…”

(6) Slate hits peak science denial in article on “mystery” of prenatal life
“There’s a right answer, and it’s that your life began when you formed as a zygote, and the same applies to the lives of every human being you have ever met. The science is absolutely, without a doubt, unequivocally settled on this point. Denying the science of when life begins for political reasons makes it difficult for me to take you seriously when you argue about climate change and evolution. And I say that as someone who accepts climate change and evolution!”

(5) The “Pro-Birth” Objection
“To show just how absurd the pro-birth objection is, imagine if the same trick were applied to the term ‘pro-choice.’ If we said one cannot be pro-life without being in favour of all life, we could argue that to be pro-choice we must be in favour of all choice. Everyone’s right to choose anything, at any time.”

(4) Abstinence-obsessed Christian schools incentivize abortion
Maddi Runkles and her pro-life defenders brought much-needed attention to this problem.

(3) A Christian’s plea for secular reasoning on abortion
“It was in that moment that I realized just how damaging the pro-life ‘Bible-thumping’ stereotype is. It didn’t matter what I said or did; I might as well have attempted to lead everyone in an ‘Our Father’ and handed out Bibles. This woman wasn’t responding to what I said, she was responding to what she had been told I would say: “Abortion is wrong because God says so.'”

(2) Baby Nielson and the humanity of the preborn child
“At this gestation, many people believe that babies are a clump of cells and nothing more. Jaelyn bravely shared this photo of her miscarried baby to spread awareness about how human these children truly are, even at only eleven weeks.”

And our number one story of the year…

(1) Rep. Ryan announces tax dollars will be diverted from Planned Parenthood to other providers
This announcement came in early January of 2017. Almost a year later, federal taxpayer dollars continue to subsidize the nation’s largest abortion chain. And they wonder why people are so disillusioned with politics.

Top 10 Stories of 2017

The most read stories on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2017 are:

(10) Don’t Forget: The White Supremacist Movement Supports Abortion
Gross eugenicist reasoning leads racists like Richard Spencer to join forces with pro-choice feminists.

(9) She was raped and refused abortion. Here’s how she answers her critics.
However you feel about the rape exception, we should all be able to agree that a child conceived in rape should not be referred to as “from Satan,” and a mother in that situation should not be condemned for supposedly “bringing another rapist into the world”… right? Sadly, no.

(8) Newly launched project advances health for mothers and babies of color
Abide Women’s Health Services is bringing quality, culturally competent maternity care to south Dallas, and we could not be more excited!

(7) Love Was Louder Than My Rape
“Back 40 years ago, unwed, teenage pregnancy, and rape had such stigmas attached to them. I didn’t want to tell my parents because I was afraid…”

(6) Slate hits peak science denial in article on “mystery” of prenatal life
“There’s a right answer, and it’s that your life began when you formed as a zygote, and the same applies to the lives of every human being you have ever met. The science is absolutely, without a doubt, unequivocally settled on this point. Denying the science of when life begins for political reasons makes it difficult for me to take you seriously when you argue about climate change and evolution. And I say that as someone who accepts climate change and evolution!”

(5) The “Pro-Birth” Objection
“To show just how absurd the pro-birth objection is, imagine if the same trick were applied to the term ‘pro-choice.’ If we said one cannot be pro-life without being in favour of all life, we could argue that to be pro-choice we must be in favour of all choice. Everyone’s right to choose anything, at any time.”

(4) Abstinence-obsessed Christian schools incentivize abortion
Maddi Runkles and her pro-life defenders brought much-needed attention to this problem.

(3) A Christian’s plea for secular reasoning on abortion
“It was in that moment that I realized just how damaging the pro-life ‘Bible-thumping’ stereotype is. It didn’t matter what I said or did; I might as well have attempted to lead everyone in an ‘Our Father’ and handed out Bibles. This woman wasn’t responding to what I said, she was responding to what she had been told I would say: “Abortion is wrong because God says so.'”

(2) Baby Nielson and the humanity of the preborn child
“At this gestation, many people believe that babies are a clump of cells and nothing more. Jaelyn bravely shared this photo of her miscarried baby to spread awareness about how human these children truly are, even at only eleven weeks.”

And our number one story of the year…

(1) Rep. Ryan announces tax dollars will be diverted from Planned Parenthood to other providers
This announcement came in early January of 2017. Almost a year later, federal taxpayer dollars continue to subsidize the nation’s largest abortion chain. And they wonder why people are so disillusioned with politics.

Top Ten Articles of 2016

The most-read articles on this blog for 2016 are…

10. The Canadian March for Life, Tomatoes, and Progress. Guest blogger Alan Trahan reports from the Canadian March for Life, where he carried his “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Pro-Life” sign. He says: “It was an amazing crowd, with an opening address by an Algonquin elder and attendees including both robed brothers of the Missionaires del’Evangile and the president of the Pro-Life Humanists.” Unfortunately, the counter-protesters weren’t so welcoming…

9. Bad Abortion-Choice Science. This guest post by Clinton Wilcox was only posted last week, but still managed to make the list. Nice job!

8. To My Daughter’s First Parents. Guest blogger Crystal Kupper hits us in the feels with her family’s international adoption story. “You did the hard thing and chose to give this daughter life, fully knowing your country could not provide for her medically. Even with all those ‘What ifs…’ and ‘I don’t knows’ looming over your future. You gave your body and love to a child whom you knew could never share your home or your last name.

7. “Just Don’t Have Sex.” Jessica Valenti thinks male abstinence doesn’t have a role in the pro-life movement. Au contraire. While SPL embraces contraception as part of the abortion reduction toolkit, abstinence belongs in the toolkit too, and not just for women. “Surely, if we can insist that men abstain in the absence of mutual consent to avoid the trauma of rape, we can also insist that men abstain in the absence of readiness to parent or make an adoption plan to avoid the destruction of human life.”

6. Scientists discover “flash of light” at conception, immediately use it to decide which embryos to kill. UGH, seriously?

5. Four Terrible, Yet Common, Pro-Life Arguments. You might only get one chance to persuade someone. Don’t waste it with a bad argument.

4. Racist creeps reject the pro-life message. Yay! 2016 saw renewed attention to white supremacist groups (some of which adopted the “alt-right” label). The potential that these groups could have any influence in the next presidential administration is extraordinarily disturbing. Their racism carries over into strong support for abortion, in the name of “racial hygiene.” Be on the lookout in 2017.

3. 7 things pro-lifers wish our pro-choice friends understood about us. Pro-lifers come in every race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion (and lack thereof), and political persuasion. And that’s just the first thing! This is a great introduction for people who are unfamiliar with the pro-life movement and have only heard the stereotypes.

2. More evidence that most late-term abortions are elective. This was a follow-up to our #1 post of the year, which was…

1. No, most late-term abortions are not medically necessary. They may not be a large percentage of abortions, but tens of thousands of late-term abortions still take place every year—many on babies who have the ability to feel pain. With multiple states considering 20-week abortion limits, this was a hot topic in 2016. It turns out that the same socioeconomic factors driving early abortions drive late-term abortions too.

Several of our top 2016 articles came from guest authors. Want to get in on that in 2017? Review our submission guidelines here.

Top Ten Articles of 2016

The most-read articles on this blog for 2016 are…

10. The Canadian March for Life, Tomatoes, and Progress. Guest blogger Alan Trahan reports from the Canadian March for Life, where he carried his “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Pro-Life” sign. He says: “It was an amazing crowd, with an opening address by an Algonquin elder and attendees including both robed brothers of the Missionaires del’Evangile and the president of the Pro-Life Humanists.” Unfortunately, the counter-protesters weren’t so welcoming…

9. Bad Abortion-Choice Science. This guest post by Clinton Wilcox was only posted last week, but still managed to make the list. Nice job!

8. To My Daughter’s First Parents. Guest blogger Crystal Kupper hits us in the feels with her family’s international adoption story. “You did the hard thing and chose to give this daughter life, fully knowing your country could not provide for her medically. Even with all those ‘What ifs…’ and ‘I don’t knows’ looming over your future. You gave your body and love to a child whom you knew could never share your home or your last name.

7. “Just Don’t Have Sex.” Jessica Valenti thinks male abstinence doesn’t have a role in the pro-life movement. Au contraire. While SPL embraces contraception as part of the abortion reduction toolkit, abstinence belongs in the toolkit too, and not just for women. “Surely, if we can insist that men abstain in the absence of mutual consent to avoid the trauma of rape, we can also insist that men abstain in the absence of readiness to parent or make an adoption plan to avoid the destruction of human life.”

6. Scientists discover “flash of light” at conception, immediately use it to decide which embryos to kill. UGH, seriously?

5. Four Terrible, Yet Common, Pro-Life Arguments. You might only get one chance to persuade someone. Don’t waste it with a bad argument.

4. Racist creeps reject the pro-life message. Yay! 2016 saw renewed attention to white supremacist groups (some of which adopted the “alt-right” label). The potential that these groups could have any influence in the next presidential administration is extraordinarily disturbing. Their racism carries over into strong support for abortion, in the name of “racial hygiene.” Be on the lookout in 2017.

3. 7 things pro-lifers wish our pro-choice friends understood about us. Pro-lifers come in every race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion (and lack thereof), and political persuasion. And that’s just the first thing! This is a great introduction for people who are unfamiliar with the pro-life movement and have only heard the stereotypes.

2. More evidence that most late-term abortions are elective. This was a follow-up to our #1 post of the year, which was…

1. No, most late-term abortions are not medically necessary. They may not be a large percentage of abortions, but tens of thousands of late-term abortions still take place every year—many on babies who have the ability to feel pain. With multiple states considering 20-week abortion limits, this was a hot topic in 2016. It turns out that the same socioeconomic factors driving early abortions drive late-term abortions too.

Several of our top 2016 articles came from guest authors. Want to get in on that in 2017? Review our submission guidelines here.

The Top Ten Articles of 2015

Our most-read posts of 2015 are:

10. Woman blinds herself with doctor’s help. Her body, her choice? This was our take on the disturbing story of a woman who desperately wanted to become blind, and allegedly convinced a psychologist to sign on.

The thought of someone having drain cleaner poured into their eyes certainly sets off the cringe reflex, of course. It’s painful and gross. But if you really believe that bodily integrity is a value so important that it justifies abortion, there is no logical reason to find the psychologist’s actions here morally repugnant. If anything, you should be encouraging the development of less painful blinding procedures. That Ms. Shuping had to take the “back-alley” drain cleaner route is a travesty. Somebody call NARAL.

9. Why did you convert to the pro-life side? We posed this question on facebook and dozens of you responded, citing prenatal development education, the effects of abortion, relationships with pro-lifers, and your own pregnancies.

8. I am equal, not the same. Guest blogger Sean Cahill fights back against “the idea that women are inherently flawed because they get pregnant and men don’t. To say we need abortion to be equal is in fact undeniable proof that we are far from equal. We cannot accept that to remain equal to men, we ‘need’ to rid our bodies of new human beings. We are not liberated until both sexes are fully accepted as they are.”

7. Donald Trump is a Disaster Waiting to Happen for the Pro-Life Cause. This one’s self-explanatory. It broke the top ten despite the fact that it was only published a couple weeks ago. Obviously the topic inspired passion.

6. What Amnesty International Isn’t Telling You About Its Paraguayan Abortion Campaign. For political reasons, Amnesty was desperately trying to put a 10-year-old rape survivor through a late-term abortion that would have been more medically invasive than birth. (Thankfully, Amnesty did not succeed. In the end, her doctors were able to save both her and her baby.)

5. Be smart about sidewalk counseling signs. Dos and don’ts.

4. Abortion is a symptom, not a solution. Sean strikes again with her pro-life feminist take on the reasons women have abortions.

3. How I left the pro-choice movement and found true liberation. One woman’s moving story.

I had my own abortions, for varying reasons. If I said I didn’t regret them, I would be lying, but liberated women aren’t allowed to feel regret over a clump of cells that would ruin their lifestyle. We couldn’t show other women our tears, because then they might not be able to kill their clump of cells, and then their lifestyle would be ruined.

2. BREAKING: Planned Parenthood uses partial-birth abortions to harvest fetal organs for sale. This was the very first video from the Center for Medical Progress back in July. The “for sale” aspect wound up getting the bulk of the media attention, but I found PP’s unambiguous admission that it was using a “breech” method to avoid damage to the organs to be much more disconcerting.

And our most-read article by a landslide…

1. Dear Bill Nye: Where’s the Science, Guy? Taking down Bill’s pseudoscientific ramblings in support of abortion.

Science can’t tell us what to value in human beings or when we should protect one another. Those questions fall within the realm of philosophy, a realm Nye steps squarely into when he implies a value judgement based on how easily organisms can naturally die. His implication isn’t a scientific fact, it’s a philosophical position, and Nye’s famous nickname doesn’t give him the right to conflate those two completely different approaches. It’s especially loathsome that this hand-wavy philosophical viewpoint is trying to be passed off as “science” by one of our country’s biggest science advocates. That’s not okay no matter how quirky his bowtie is.