Fraudulence in Flint: How Suspect Science Helped Declare the Water Crisis Over

Downtown Flint, Mich. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Nakiya Wakes sat across from me in a Flint, Mich., coffee shop on one of those cloudy, dreary days symbolic of the reeling Rust Belt city. It was March 2017, nearly two years after Wakes had the first miscarriage.

After losing her first baby, she learned there was still a heartbeat—she was actually pregnant with twins, and she hadn’t yet lost her other baby. But her spirits were crushed when she miscarried again, losing the second baby.

This wasn’t the last of the devastating news for Wakes. In September 2017, she learned she was again pregnant with twins. She was hopeful but cautious, feeling deep within her gut that the lead-ravaged water she’d consumed for over a year had made it difficult to carry a baby to full term. Unfortunately, her trepidation was well-founded. She went on to miscarry this set of twins.

In total, Wakes lost four babies in two years. “I was drinking, bathing, everything since I moved to Flint in 2013. I was drinking this contaminated water,” Wakes told me.

It was far too easy for doctors to dismiss her multiple miscarriages as a result of her age: She […]

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Fraudulence in Flint: How Suspect Science Helped Declare the Water Crisis Over
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Fraudulence in Flint: How Suspect Science Helped Declare the Water Crisis Over
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Science is based on facts and evidence. If you’re not walking down the basement stairs and looking at that piping, you can’t say it’s factual or scientific.
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