PONNURU IN THE WEEDS

Alas, Ramesh cannot even spell “hydatidiform mole,” let alone explain why their existence renders my summary of the scientific literature incorrect. Thanks, Derb! Ponnuru describes the emails below as “idiotic,” without citing anything actually inaccurate about them. Here’s an account of hydatidiform molars:

A hydatidiform mole is a rare mass or growth that may form inside the uterus at the beginning of a pregnancy. A hydatidiform mole results from over-production of the tissue that is supposed to develop into the placenta. The placenta normally nourishes a fetus during pregnancy. Instead, these tissues develop into a mass. The mass is usually made up of placental material that grows uncontrolled. Often, there is no fetus at all.

I would infer that Ramesh argues that this phenomenon impedes the successful development of a zygote. Sure. My stats take into account all possible obstacles for the countless full-fledged human beings Ramesh believes are dying in vast numbers inside their mothers’ bodies. Here’s Wikipedia’s account of teratomas. They’re a form of tumor or benign cyst. Again, the relevance of this to the debate is mystifying. Maybe a reader could let me know how these two phenomena would affect my calculation of a ratio of roughly 8:1 natural abortions compared to procured ones. I’m jut trying to get as accurate a number as possible, however irritating it might be to pro-life absolutists.

– posted by Andrew.

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