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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: Synthia Dennard, age 24, bled to death on September 7, 1989 after her uterine artery was severed during an abortion by Inno Obasi at Biogenetics* in Chicago, IL.
Twenty-four-year-old Synthia Yvette White Dennard went to
in Chicago for a
safe, legal abortion
and tubal ligation on September 7, 1989. The surgery was performed by Inno Obasi.
Synthia began to hemorrhage during the surgery. A medical investigation later found that Obasi had "failed to summon help in a timely manner; refused to allow trained and skilled paramedics to attend to Synthia; refused to allow paramedics to transport Synthia to a hospital in a timely manner" and otherwise "allowed Synthia to
bleed to death
Synthia's survivors had to file a court order to keep the facility from destroying her records. An autopsy revealed that instead of removing a section of Synthia's fallopian tube, Obasi had removed a portion of an artery. The autopsy also revealed that Synthia, mother of two, had not been pregnant at the time of her abortion.
(1987) also died after abortions at Biogenetics.
*The medical facility currently operating in Chicago under the name Biogenetics is in no way associated with the now-defunct abortion facility.
"Malpractice suit filed in woman's death,"
, Oct. 13, 1989
State Acts Against Loop Doctor
, Oct. 26, 1989
"Revoke doctor's license, board urges,"
, May 3, 1990
Doctor Loses License In Botched Abortions
, Jun. 13, 1990
Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 89L 13692;
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Case No. 80-2096;
Cook County Autopsy Report Case No. 125 of September 1989;
Illinois Death Certificate No. 617111
Inno U. Obasi V. Department Professional
, Aug. 19, 1994
Associated Physicians Ins. Co. V. Obasi,
Associated Press 10/26/89;
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