What this so-called academic journal did to a pro-life author will make you furious

In Joe Biden’s America, it is absolutely shocking and disgusting how pro-lifers are treated. . .

They are facing persecution like never before.

And what this so-called academic journal did to a pro-life author will make you furious.

In a stunning and controversial decision, an academic journal has rescinded its acceptance of an article on abortion.

The article, titled “Abortion Restrictions are Good for Black Women” by philosopher Perry Hendricks, was initially accepted for publication by The New Bioethics earlier this year. 

However, following criticism on social media, the journal’s editors put the publication on hold and eventually decided to reject it.

In a revealing email obtained by The College Fix, Editor Matthew James explained the reversal to Hendricks on May 23. 

James cited concerns about the paper’s “academic quality and rigour,” which he claimed could not be addressed through revisions. 

Notably, James also pointed to the “sensitivity” of the topic and mentioned Hendricks’ race and gender as factors in the decision. 

“In cases such as this one, where white authors write about racial inequalities, or when male authors write about women’s rights, this needs to be done with a considerable degree of circumspection, humility, and sensitivity. This manuscript falls short in that regard,” James wrote.

This rationale directly conflicts with the publisher’s editorial guidelines. 

Taylor and Francis, which publishes The New Bioethics, explicitly states that the race and sex of an author should not influence the evaluation of their work. 

According to their guidelines, “Journal editors should give unbiased consideration to each manuscript submitted for publication.”

“They should judge each on its merits, without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author.”

Hendricks expressed his dismay at the decision, noting, “It’s a little embarrassing to have to explain this, but whether an argument is sound has nothing to do with the sex and race of the author—this is something any adult knows.”

The incident began when a technical error allowed Hendricks’ article to be accepted without proper review. 

Following social media backlash, the journal conducted a second peer review, which led to the rejection. 

Hendricks criticized the influence of social media outrage on academic decisions, stating, “It’s unfortunate that The New Bioethics would succumb to pressure from unstable and distraught Twitter users.” 

“Academic journals aim to publish research that has been vetted by peer review. But in this case, Twitter-review, not peer review, seems to have been a decisive factor.”

Brandon Warmke, a philosophy professor at Bowling Green State University, also condemned the journal’s decision. 

In an email to The College Fix, he boldly claimed the editors were behaving like clowns!

Warmke further criticized the journal’s actions in a post on X, calling the decision “incredibly irresponsible and juvenile.”

The controversy surrounding Hendricks’ article highlights the increasing influence of social media on academic institutions. 

The rejection of his work due to external pressures and irrelevant criteria sets a dangerous precedent. 

This case underscores the importance of maintaining academic integrity and ensuring that scholarly works are evaluated based on their merits, not the demographics of their authors.

The rejected article, available online through PhilArchive, argues that abortion restrictions are beneficial for black women, challenging the prevailing narrative that such restrictions are harmful. 

Hendricks posits that preventing morally wrong actions, like abortion, is ultimately beneficial. 

This case serves as a wake-up call for the academic community. 

It is a reminder that the pursuit of truth and the dissemination of knowledge should not be compromised by external pressures or biased considerations. 

Academic journals must uphold their commitment to fair and unbiased evaluation, ensuring that all voices are heard based on the strength of their arguments, not the identity of their authors.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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