Planned Parenthood Abortionist Involved in Patient’s Death Is Now Being Sued for an Unwanted Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Flint, Michigan — Last year, Planned Parenthood abortionist Laura Castleman was involved in the fatal abortion of Cree Erwin. Erwin received a suction aspiration abortion at a Planned Parenthood office in Kalmazoo, Michigan on June 30, 2016. Her uterus was perforated and she died in her mother’s home less than three days later. Her mother’s heart wrenching 911 call attests to the penetrating grief of losing a child.

Unfortunately, Castleman and the Planned Parenthood organization in Michigan were never held accountable for Erwin’s needless and tragic death.

Now, it appears that Laura Castleman has been involved in another mismanaged abortion. This time, the needless fatality was a wanted baby.

In March 2017, Amy Rygwelski sued Castleman and Planned Parenthood for malpractice stemming from a September 2014 visit to Planned Parenthood in Flint, Michigan, where Castleman also worked and oversaw the medical staff.

According to Rygwelski’s lawsuit, she first went to Planned Parenthood seeking confirmation of pregnancy and treatment for a vaginal discharge. Planned Parenthood confirmed that Rygwelski was pregnant, but failed to conduct an ultrasound to verify the age of her wanted baby.

She returned to Planned Parenthood a few days later on October 1, 2014, for a cervical biopsy. Quest Diagnostics later returned her test results indicating that the cervical tissue was “products of conception.” However, the test results were faulty. The tissue was actually an endocervical polyp, which is a benign growth inside the cervical canal.

A defendant identified as M. Rodriguez was a health care administrator who was working under Castleman’s medical license and oversight. It appears that, without ever having personally examined or consulted with Rygwelski, Castleman had Rodriguez tell the patient that her condition as an inevitable miscarriage.

However, that was a misdiagnosis that could have been avoided if anyone had ever bothered to examine Rygwelski or conduct an ultrasound on her. Under Castleman’s supervision, Rodriguez wrongfully prescribed misoprostol, a drug used to cause medication abortions.

After two courses of the abortion-inducing drug, Rygwelski had not passed any tissue. She went to see her primary physician who, unlike the Planned Parenthood staff, actually examined her. The doctor found the endocervical polyp and conducted an ultrasound that determined Rygwelski’s baby was thriving at seven weeks, 2 days gestation.

Just a few days later, a Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner working under the supervision of Laura Castleman contacted Rygwelski and told her she would need to report for a surgical abortion because the misoprostol would cause her baby to be malformed.

She submitted to a surgical abortion, done by a third party, on October 20.

Rygwelski claims that if an ultrasound had been performed by Planned Parenthood, they would have realized that her baby was fine and that there was no miscarriage in progress. Her lawsuit indicates that prescribing the abortion-inducing drug without having performed an ultrasonic examination was a violation of the standard of patient care and needlessly led to the wrongful death of her wanted baby.

The lawsuit seeks an undetermined amount for the wrongful abortion and death of her child that resulted in pain and suffering, emotional distress, shock, embarrassment, humiliation, mortification, and loss of the companionship and affections of her child.

There is nothing more painful in this world than the loss of a child. This is a pain that Amy Rygwelski and Cree Erwin’s mother now sadly share and will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Nothing can compensate these mothers for the loss of their children, but holding Castleman and Planned Parenthood accountable for these tragic and avoidable deaths will bring some small measure of justice, and perhaps comfort.

“There is evidence to lead us to believe that the deaths of Cree Erwin and the Rygwelski baby were caused by the incompetency of Planned Parenthood. That alone should disqualify them from seeing patients. It’s just too risky,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “They killed two people. They belong in jail, but unfortunately the only punishment available right now is a huge monetary settlement, which I hope Amy Rygwelski gets.”

Read the Rygwelski complaint, dated March 17, 2017.
Learn more about Cree Erwin.

  • SandraM

    I wouldn’t go to an abortion clinic even for a pap smear. I don’t trust anyone that works on killing, not healing people!

  • April Williams

    Planned Parenthood is nothing more then Nazi genocide and needs to be stopped

  • ardentgailla

    I second that. I also research any medications that my doctors prescribe before I take them, understanding what exactly they are for and what side effects or interactions they may have.

  • mizo

    Legalized abortion prevents unsafe back alley abortions?

  • Leslie Palma-Simoncek

    It’s tragic that she believed Planned Parenthood even after learning that her baby was healthy and thriving.

  • Unfortunately, people have been trained to believe doctors without question. But one should very skeptical if the people selling abortions for a living are the ones saying that you need one.

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  • urbanvrwcmom

    “Planned Parenthood ain’t no good!” — Lust Control.

  • Remember

    Of interest is nurse Harolotta M. Lilly, whom Castleman supervised, was charged with EMBEZZLEMENT and DISORDERLY CONDUCT in the past. Then PP nurse Mary Kint (now Mary Petit) has California discipline….what a crew!

  • Grammaof4

    There is no such thing as “side effects.” The effects are all direct effects. I stopped taking meds a long time ago when the warnings started having “may result in death.” Sorry, that tells me that the drug isn’t worth dying for.

  • shawn

    planned parenthood was built on the foundation of eugenics and ethnic cleansing, planned parenthood and all such “clinics” myst be closed and the law should be that anyone who conducts this atrocity be prosecuted for pre-mediatated murder with special circumstances.

  • Raquel Salientes

    Congress needs to stop funding Planned Parenthood completely!! We have successfully closed down a site in Silver Spring, MD through marches every week by different religious groups, so much so that the other residents of the building complained to management to not renew PP’s rental contract, as the lawful marches also discouraged their customers from coming to the building.

  • Raquel Salientes

    Good idea! I do the same thing myself, as I have myriad conditions that may cause medications to interact with one another.

  • Raquel Salientes

    THat’s because no self-respecting and competent nurses would ever consider being hired by Planned Parenthood.

  • Suzanne Marienau

    Why this woman ever went to planned parenthood in the first place is puzzling. Why didn’t she go to her own physician initially? And why did she go back to the baby killers???
    She is as culpable in the death of her unborn child as the monsters at pp. She should take responsibility as well. I am very sorry for the loss of this child, who is the victim here.

  • Suzanne Marienau

    Exactly. Scum recruits more scum.

  • dje3

    Put me on the jury. I would find for 12.5 million and if the previous death is allowed into evidence I would doubt that on the malpractice side.
    Then, I would see that the jury notify the judge that they believe that there is and was criminal acts and make the award as an award against the criminal acts.
    This can never be bankrupted and can not be times by statute of limitations to collect.

  • Vivavox

    I sure hope they also filed a complaint against Castleman’s medical license and the facility’s license too. These abortion mills cut corners every which way. Their answer to every woman’s health problem is dispense a contraceptive or abortion.

  • Nedd Kareiva

    The only real justice in cases like this is executing the abortionist but sadly that day will only come when pigs fly.

    I can’t stand nothing being done to these monsters. We must change our laws or the casualties of these evil agents will continue to climb.

  • Wendy Allen

    Planned Parenthood usually doesn’t do prenatal care, but mostly abortions. They are so focused on abortions that they got her to do an abortion. Very sad!

  • Phoenix Sun

    The level of medical malpractice at abortion clinics is stunning, yet laws to require normal medical standards are often thrown out by liberal courts.
    How can any sane person believe killing a gestating infant is a mother’s right. Dear God, have mercy on us and stop this grievous sin against you.

  • netandyawho

    An induced abortion is the willful act of killing a human being in utero.
    Willfully killing a human being is murder.
    All abortionist willfully kill human beings in utero.
    Therefore all abortionists are murderers.

  • subo

    They do no prenatal care. That is done by the patient’s obstetrician.

  • Janine Ferris Hosseini

    I agree. Something’s not right here. The fact that this woman went to PPH makes me question the veracity of her claim that this was a wanted baby.

  • The lawsuit explained that she went to Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy verification and treatment of a vaginal discharge. Many women believe that Planned Parenthood is a legitimate health facility, thanks to their lackeys in the mainstream propaganda-disguised-as-news media.

  • Janine Ferris Hosseini

    The risk of fetal malformations due to exposure to misoprostol in utero is extremely low, less than 10 malformations per 1,000 births. If this was a truly wanted pregnancy this woman would have investigated the situation further on her own and probably come to a different decision with regard to going ahead with an abortion.

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