A writer for the Atlantic lamented that the scientific development of the ultrasound “pushed the idea that a fetus is a person” in a piece published Tuesday.
Moira Weigel, an author and a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Yale University, wrote that “the origins of fetal ultrasound lie in stealth warfare.”
“Ultrasound technology was first developed to scan vast spaces, rather than telescope in on infinitesimal cell masses,” Weigel wrote.
How the ultrasound pushed the idea that a fetus is a person, @moiragweigel reports: https://t.co/0qRz8nexLs https://t.co/8Z9TYej9xl— The Atlantic (@The Atlantic)1485265814.0
Weigel also contended that ultrasound technology “made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference.”
“The framing of the ultrasound image was notable for what it excluded: the woman,” Weigel wrote. “In order to make the fetus visible, it made her disappear.”
Twitter users called the article “alternative science,” and weighed in with ideas for similar pieces.
I guess this is alternative science https://t.co/sYJy7SjHEQ— keith tucker (@keith tucker)1485278504.0
Alternate headline: How science confirmed that a person is a person. https://t.co/c4hStrFCqJ— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson)1485267329.0
Before ultrasounds, a woman had to wait until delivery to find out if she was getting a puppy, a goat, or a human. https://t.co/PNrbRoMjKa— Whatever (@Whatever)1485269357.0
I suppose some people are opposed to science, information, and education. https://t.co/djtZAqA2ya— David French (@David French)1485268991.0
Alternate title: How the microscope pushed the idea that living organisms are made up of cells. https://t.co/8M4gOj0yFn— Alexandra DeSanctis (@Alexandra DeSanctis)1485275062.0
How a falling apple pushed the idea that gravity was real. https://t.co/y7YQBTccgW— Colin Smothers (@Colin Smothers)1485269057.0
The article resulted in the hashtag #AtlanticScience, which many Twitter users used to characterize the publication as a science denier.
"How Microscopes Pushed the Idea We're Full of Squiggly Weird Things." #AtlanticScience https://t.co/qLfRbhVgCV— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg)1485270951.0
"How the stethoscope pushed the idea that a pulse indicates a person is alive." #AtlanticScience— Talk GOP (@Talk GOP)1485273077.0
"How the telescope pushed the idea of distant galaxies and stars." #AtlanticScience https://t.co/6AlhGSsvyn— Timothy P. Sullivan (@Timothy P. Sullivan)1485272865.0
How DNA pushed the idea that there's a difference between men and women. #atlanticscience https://t.co/Ih8yKnjMKU— Aaron Henager (@Aaron Henager)1485278056.0