Saturday 10 December 2016

Distorted reporting of symphysiotomy procedure is telling only half the story

Published 25/11/2016 | 02:30

The alternative to symphysiotomy was often a caesarean section that could lead to a deadly infection like sepsis, given the medical conditions decades ago Stock Image: PA
The alternative to symphysiotomy was often a caesarean section that could lead to a deadly infection like sepsis, given the medical conditions decades ago Stock Image: PA

We're told we live in a 'post-truth' age in which the facts are no longer sacred. Actually, we have been living in that era for a long time now and it is one to which the mainstream media has made a signal contribution.

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It has done this not so much by spreading outright falsehoods - although that has happened - so much as through one-sided reporting which massively distorts the public's understanding of a given issue.

Take for instance, the reporting of symphysiotomy, a 'barbaric' procedure, encouraged apparently by the Catholic Church, that was used on very rare occasions on pregnant women in decades past who were having possibly life-threatening difficulties delivering their babies.

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