Autopsy/Death Certificate Gaslighting

A recent report in Scientific American about the misrepresentation of George Floyd’s preliminary autopsy sounds very familiar to those of us who study death data on maternal mortality. For example, on maternal death certificates death from hemorrhage during or after delivery (a preventable and very unnatural event) is classified as being from “natural causes”.

Check out how this type of gaslighting is sign of systemic racism within the criminal justice. However, it is found not just in criminal justice and women’s healthcare – it is a power issue that permeates every aspect of our society.