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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.
Guy E. Brewer
abortionists -- male
Abortionist Dr. Guy Brewer
On June 7, 1935, Dr. Guy E. Brewer, a 53-year-old bachelor, pleaded guilty to six counts of manslaughter for the deaths of six women who died from complications of abortions he had perpetrated. He was sentenced to serve six consecutive four-year terms. He spent his incarceration working in the prison hospital.
Brewer was a quiet, small-town doctor in Garber, Oklahoma. New coverage noted, "Until today, Dr. Brewer had never been arraigned on any of the charges that have been accumulating since he was arrested April 30."
"The bald physician, famous for his philanthropics in giving scores of boys and girls college educations, was silent throughout the brief, dramatic procedure."
His proteges referred to him as a "sweet grouch," and young men from around the United States, China, and Argentina flooded to provide a defense fund and letters of praise. He was still supporting 40 boys at school at the time of his arrest, maintaining three houses for them to live in and allowing five high school boys to live at his home.
Brewer had graduated from the University of Louisville in 1906 and had been practicing medicine in Garber for 21 of the 29 years he had been a physician. He was so popular that when one victim's husband reported her death to the police, his employer retaliated by firing him.
, a 20-year-old coed, died in June of 1934, nine days after an abortion perpetrated by Brewer.
died in April of 1934, 11 days after an abortion committed in March "at the combination bachelor dwelling and office of Dr. Brewer in Garber.
, a 20-year-old mother of two, died in April of 1935 from complications of a criminal abortion.
The other victims were Mrs.
Wanda Lee Gray
, 20, of Enid; Mrs.
, 21, of Ponca City; and Mrs.
, 23, of Roxanna. They appeared to have died in early June of 1935.
Brewer was sentenced to six four-year sentences, to run concurrently, for six abortion deaths.
"Oklahoma Doctor Gets Four Years for Manslaughter,"
Baton Rouge State Times Advocate
, June 3, 1935
"Doctor Faces Two Charges,"
Omaha World Herald
, May 5, 1935
"Okla. Physician Pleads Guilty in Operation Deaths,"
Abilene Morning News
, June 8, 1935
"Doctor Faces New Charges,"
Miami (OK) News Record
, June 6, 1935
"Third Charge of Murder is Filed Against Doctor,"
Miami (OK) News Record
, May 7, 1935
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