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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.
SUMMARY: John Biskind sent Lisa Bardsley, age 26, home to bleed to death after an abortion at A-Z Women's Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. Lisa died on February 17, 1995.
Lisa Bardsley was 26 years old when she went to Dr. John Biskind in Phoenix, Arizona. She was at least 20 weeks pregnant when she underwent her supposedly
safe and legal abortion
on February 16, 1995.
An hour after the abortion was completed, Lisa was discharged from the clinic. With her boyfriend, who had accompanied her, Lisa headed home to Flagstaff.
Lisa took ill, so she and her boyfriend stopped at a motel and called for medical help. Lisa was taken to a hospital in Cottonwood, where she died February 17.
The autopsy showed that she'd
bled to death
from a large uterine laceration. (Arizona State Board of Medical Examiners, # 9215)
Biskind blamed Bardsley for her own death, saying that she'd been told not to leave the area for 48 hours.
Biskind went on to get into further trouble for
delivering a live, nearly term infant
during an abortion performed on a teenager, and for the abortion death of
Lou Ann Herron
. Herron's death got far more press than Bardsley's, whose death for some reason did not capture public attention or generate outrage the way Herron's death did.
Biskind's license was finally
The Biskind Trial
The clinic where Lisa died was owned by abortionist Moshe Hachamovitch, who was implicated in the abortion deaths of
, Dec. 15, 1997
White Plains Journal
, Jan. 31, 1999
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