I honestly cannot understand how ANYONE could be pro-declawing. That just boggles my mind. If folks don't want pets with claws and can't be bothered to properly train them to use appropriate scratching posts and surfaces, then don't get a cat. To get a cat and then mutilate it for their own selfish benefit causes me to see red and makes me extremely sad for those poor cats.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
And I bet the cats who have been butchered don't think any of the studies LDG posted are "irrelevant". I wish declawing was banned in the U.S. except for medical necessity.