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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.
I have included information about how many abortion deaths were noted by the Centers for Disease Control. You will note that there are many abortion deaths that have not met the public eye during this period.
By the end of the 1980s, abortion deaths had fallen to the current average of around 10 per year.
Most of these are due to malpractice and are thus preventable. However, the current political atmosphere of turning a blind eye to abortion quackery makes it highly unlikely that problems that cause abortion deaths will ever be addressed.
Women's Stories from the 2010s
by Time Frame
2010 (CDC: 10 legal)
January 25, 2010 Age: 37
Abortionist: Dr. Robert Hosty,
2011 (CDC: 2 legal)
2012 (CDC: 4 legal)
July 21, 2012 Age: 24
Abortionist: Dr. Mandy Gittler,
February 7, 2013 Age: 29
Abortionist: Dr. LeRoy Carhart
Germantown Reproductive Health Services
March 28, 2014 Age: 22
Abortionist: Preterm Clinic
March 29, 2015, age: 39
Abortionist: Dr. Ronald Kuseski
Mayfair Women's Clinic
July 3, 2016 Age: 24
Planned Parenthood, Kalamazoo, MI
Jamie Lee Morales
July 9, 2016 Age: 30
Abortionist: Dr. Robert Rho
Liberty Women's Health
The Colonial Era
The 19th Century
CDC numbers are typically low at first, since it takes time for news of abortion deaths to reach public health officials. The fact that as of 2017 the CDC is still not reporting at all on deaths after 2012 shows how great a delay can be expected.
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