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How can you know how much you can trust what you are told by a prolife or prochoice organization's communications? How do you know if what a web site or newsletter says is accurate or not?
There is one easy rule to follow: Truthful sites provide reliable sources for their information.
As you look over the information on the Cemetery of Choice, you'll find that whenever possible, I provide either links to information or actual copies of documents such as news articles and death certificates. In other cases, I at least cite my sources in a way that they can be researched and verified.
Are other sources as reliable? Do they tell you where they got the information upon which they are basing their claims? If they don't, why not?
If there are conflicting claims, such as prolife versus prochoice assertions about the death of
, check to see which site provides more reliable sources. In Becky's case, prochoice sites provide only assertions made by other abortion rights organizations or statements made by Becky's parents, who were recruited and coached by abortion-rights organizations. Prolife sites typically quote a crucial source: Becky's actual autopsy report,* which shows her reproductive organs to be perfectly healthy. Which sources can you trust?
Consider also the case of
. Prochoice pages typically post the following unsubstantiated story verbatim:
Pauline Shirley and her six children were living with her mother in Arizona while her husband sought work in California. After an illegal abortion, she began to hemorrhage and was hospitalized. She needed massive transfusions. While Pauline’s mother searched the community for donors, Pauline bled to death.
I looked deeper and found an original and reliable source: Pauline's death certificate, which indicated that she died not from an induced abortion but from a miscarriage. Perhaps a family member saw "incomplete abortion, spontaneous" and didn't understand that a spontaneous abortion is the medical term for a miscarriage. My write-up of Pauline's death actually includes an image of the death certificate. Whose word is more trustworthy: the one based on the actual death certificate, or the unsubstantiated one repeated uncritically?
Never, never take anything you are told without question. Check the original sources.
*I read Becky Bell's autopsy report myself shortly after abortion-rights groups began taking them on speaking engagements around the country. I'm still trying to find an online copy and as soon as I find one I will share it, as I share my other sources.
Abortion Deaths - E
Each woman's story includes whatever documentation I can find to substantiate her death.
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All Deaths by Name
June 12, 1910 Age: 35
Perpetrator not indicated in source
March 24, 1947 Age: 24
Dentist W. A. Groebner given suspended sentence
March 19, 1932 Age: 19
Two doctors involved in string of deaths suspected; legal outcome unknown to me
May 18, 1958 Age: 21
Physician convicted of manslaughter
July 1, 1882
Implicated doctor in deathbed statement; legal outcome unknown to me
March 21, 1959 Age: 16
Practical nurse arrested; legal outcome currently unknown to me
January 2, 1978 Age: 26
Failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy; one of two deaths at clinic owned by Dr. Arnold Bickham
, December 11, 1927 Age: 19
Dr. Amante Rongetti sentenced to death, performed another fatal abortion while out on appeal, convicted in second trial
, June 17, 1913 Age: 36
Physician implicated; no trial
, January 12, 1980 Age: 32
One of two abortion deaths by former criminal abortionist Dr. Milan Vuitch
, 1929 Age: 19
Two physicians involved in a string of abortion deaths suspected
July 3, 2016 Age: 24
Recent abortion at Planned Parenthood, Kalamazoo, MI
November 19, 1935
Physician suspected; charges dropped due to lack of evidence
, April 15, 1997 Age: 16
Discharged from facility with uterine perforation; bled to death
, May 12, 1989 Age: 28
Collapsed and died in university restroom from undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy
, February, 1884
The Colonial Era
The 19th Century
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