Thorp, John M., Jr. (2018). Thorp Responds to Darney and Henderson Regarding the “Contributions and Limits of Epidemiology in Societal Controversy”. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 32(3)
I appreciate Drs. Darney and Henderson's letter regarding my recent commentary. I had articulated an opinion that epidemiology lacks the capacity to answer ethical questions. I disagree with my correspondents' assertion about my essay in which they claim I advocated that the paper prompting the commentary that found an association between surgical terminations and subsequent preterm birth be used to counsel for or against termination of pregnancy. I do think that the consistent finding that surgical terminations are associated with subsequent preterm birth is a fact, or counterfactual to use their term, that many women with an unintended or crisis pregnancy considering termination would want to be informed of as part of their decision making. That to me seems like an appropriate use of the knowledge that epidemiology so beautifully produces and to be ethically mandated under the principles of autonomy and its progeny informed consent
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