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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.
Luz Rodriguez, age 40, died July 9, 1986 after an abortion performed by Moshe Hachamovitch in the Bronx, NY.
Luz Maria Rodriguez was 40 years old when she went to
abortion clinic in the Bronx for a first-trimester abortion on July 5, 1986. She was eight to ten weeks pregnant.
She bled heavily after the abortion.
Just before she was to be discharged, she stopped breathing and turned blue.
Staff summoned an ambulance, which took Luz to a hospital. Efforts to resuscitate her were successful, but she remained hospitalized in a coma. Four days later, July 9, she died.
The autopsy found that she had bled to death from an incomplete abortion.
Luz's daughter sued and won a settlement of $1.5 million.
Hachamovitch was also either direction responsible for the deaths of
Lou Ann Herron
., or he owned and was supposed to properly supervised the facilities where they were fatally injured.
"Clinic head faces complaints,"
July 15, 1998;
"History of trouble at clinics,"
, January 17, 1999
"28 lawsuits name abortion clinic owner,"
Arizona Daily Star
, January 18, 1999
White Plains Journal
, Jan. 31, 1999
Social Security Death Record
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district of columbia
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national abortion federation
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