Sunday, August 03, 2008

Oops, they did it again!

I was just checking my site stats, and what searches people did to get to my blog, and this led me to something I'd forgotten about but which is quite relevant to the brouhaha over "Sarah's Law" in California.

Somebody had come to me searching for "gwen elliott death notice pittsburgh", which brought them to this page. It gives an example of the pathetic excuse for fact-checking the pro-abortion movement does.

Patricia Miller's The Worst of TImes describes the death of a woman that NOW's site tells as the story of Vivian Campbell:

Vivian Campbell
December 12, 1925 - May 6, 1950
Vivian Campbell was the mother of two children ages five and three. She was newly separated from her husband when she realized she was pregnant. Sending her children to stay with her parents, she sought and obtained an illegal abortion. She sent for her husband, but by the time he arrived at the hospital it was too late. She died in agony of peritonitis.

In Miller's book, the chapter "Gloria" has a woman telling of her mother's death. "Gloria" indicated that she learned "the truth" of how her mother died when she needed a copy of the death certificate years later. The death certificate said "spontaneous abortion". There is no explanation of how "Gloria" got from a death certificate saying her mother died from complications of a miscarriage (which is what "spontaneous abortion" means; it doesn't mean that the decision to undergo an abortion was made spontaneously) to concluding that the abortion in question had been induced and illegal. It's likely that "Gloria", like Bill and Karen Bell, thought that any "abortion" means an induced abortion, and the abortion promoters never bothered to clear up the confusion.

And of course they'd have no motive to clear up the confusion. This obituary of retired Pittsburgh Police Commander Gwendolyn J. "Gwen" Elliott -- almost certainly "Gloria" from Miller's book -- indicates that the woman was motivated by her belief that her mother had died of an illegal abortion, not a miscarriage, "to become a strong proponent of abortion rights."

Compare the abortion lobby's willingness to create induced abortions that never happened out of bereaved people's confusion over medical terminology, to their meticulous fact-checking and insistence on full and total disclosure and full and total relevance in the way they cry "foul" over the "Sarah" of "Sarah's Law".

Notice a double standard?

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