Woman DEAD from Abortion at Late-Term Facility Currently Under Criminal Investigation

(By Cheryl Sullenger)

Albuquerque, NM – A woman has died as the result of a late-term abortion process initiated at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is the largest abortion facility in the U.S. that openly specializes in abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Abortion Free New Mexico obtained the autopsy report for Keisha Marie Atkins, 23, who died on February 4, 2017, after being transported from SWO to UNM Hospital. Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico has also been in communication with members of Atkins’ family.

Operation Rescue is assisting Abortion Free New Mexico with an investigation of this tragedy.

This abortion-related death is particularly troubling in light of a criminal investigation that is currently underway by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office into Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM. UNM has aggressively worked to increase second and third trimester abortions at SWO, which, in turn, is UNM’s largest provider of aborted baby tissue and organs. A U.S. House investigation found this arrangement violates state and federal law, despite stonewalling and obfuscation on the part of UNM and SWO.

Atkins reported to SWO on January 31, 2017, for a four day late-term abortion procedure that was to be done by eighty-year old abortion facility owner Curtis Boyd. It is believed that Atkins was six months pregnant or more.

Four days later, on February 3, 2017, Atkins returned to SWO for the completion of the abortion where she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.

At 12:04 p.m. on February 3, an ambulance was called to transport Atkins to the hospital, but was later cancelled, raising questions of how and when Atkins actually received emergency medical help.

Once at the UNM Medical Center, Atkins’ condition deteriorated rapidly, prompting UNM staff to perform an emergency D&E abortion procedure to remove her baby through dismemberment.

During the procedure, Atkins suffered cardiac arrest. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. on February 4, 2017.

An autopsy was conducted at the UNM Health Sciences Center by the UNM Office of the Medical Investigator, which also serves as the Bernadillo County Coroner. The OMI determined that Atkins cause of death was “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy,” in other words, blood clots in the lungs.

However, a careful review of the autopsy findings indicates that this cause of death is a whitewash meant to blame Atkins’ pregnancy for her death instead of what appears to be a mismanaged late-term abortion procedure.

“UNM is a biased promoter of abortion that is attempting to shift blame onto Atkins’ pregnancy, instead of the abortion, where the blame rightfully belongs,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Keisha Atkins and her family deserve the truth, not a cover-up. But with UNM and SWO, covering up their misdeeds has become standard operating procedure.”

There is evidence that Atkins suffered from sepsis, a bacterial infection caused by the four-day abortion process, which brought about symptoms consistent with Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). Atkins suffered hemorrhaging in her brain and left adrenal gland, a buildup of fluid around her lungs, and other symptoms of DIC that the autopsy ignored.

Pro-life leaders believe there is a way to keep other women from suffering Atkins’ fate.

“We call on the New Mexico Attorney General to step up their criminal investigation, and we call on the State Medical Board to take a hard, honest look at Keisha Atkins’ death,” Newman said. “Curtis Boyd should be stopped from practicing, and the dangerous Southwestern Women’s Options should be shut down for good.”

“Coverups are as heinous as the crimes, and the crimes of the abortion cartel in New Mexico have been covered up for too many years. It is time for Hector Balderas to do his job or resign. It is time for the UNM Regents to do their jobs or resign. It is time for the New Mexico Medical Board to fully investigate Keisha’s death without bias,” said Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, The Protest Priest.

“We join the family of Keisha Atkins as they grieve her death from serious complications during a late term abortion at Southwestern Women’s Options. She was a 23-year old vibrant woman with her whole life ahead of her that was tragically cut short,” stated Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico. “For years we have worked to expose the barbaric nature of late term abortion in New Mexico and sought to bring accountability to the unregulated and unaccountable Abortion Cartel. Now more than ever, we need leadership in our city and state to take a bold stand and the necessary steps to prevent the needless deaths of women and their children through late term abortion.”

View the autopsy report.

  • marlene

    At least she can’t get another late-term abortion!

  • ECwashr

    “Abortion is intolerable, irrational, and it has no place in civilized society.”

    Those are the words of former abortionist Dr. Vansen Wong.

    Dr. Wong performed abortions for more than seven years.

    But over time he found that the reasons often given by abortion seekers were appalling.
    AMERICA MUST END ABORTION!!! GOD Forgive us for allowing this!!

  • lakewoodsteve

    A two-fer for Satan’s Pro Death advocates. Thank their god the baby got aborted while Oxy mom lay dying in the ER. It’s like two burnt offerings for their Satanic religion, for the price of one! That WE get to pay for.
    Who says there’s “Separation of Satan’s Church & State.” ?

  • Albany Saindon

    Disgusting. These women aren’t malicious in their search for an abortion, nor is it justification for their own deaths.

  • lakewoodsteve

    How disgusting! A woman murdering her full term baby isn’t disgustingly “Malicious.” Oh contraire, it’s the definition: “məˈliSHəs/
    adjective adjective: malicious characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm.”malicious destruction of property” spiteful, malevolent, evil-intentioned, vindictive, vengeful, malign, mean, nasty, hurtful, mischievous, wounding, cruel, unkind.” !!!!
    You only could have learned your brain-washing from a dumbed down education. As per John Gattos book. “Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.”
    God hopes wise up before your time is up. Stop supporting the killing of his children. With love. Steve

  • dr john e russell

    Abortion is the premeditated and cowardly murder of an innocent, helpless human being. It violates the (1) Word of God and (2) Amendments 5 and 14 of the US Constitution. See http://www.jrcministries.org/religion-a-politics/69-the-devaluing-of-life-in-america.html

  • dr john e russell

    Senator Rand Paul, MD is trying to get legislation passed that defines when life begins. (That life begins at conception is scientific fact and common sense.) Once the law has passed, Roe v Wade would be reversed. Contact your senators.

  • KB

    derp, Steve, she’s a well known, outspoken prolifer. The fact that you cant conceive of the idea that some women who abort aren’t malicious speaks more to a lack of imagination on your part than anything else. I guess in your world there is no such thing as women’s getting coerced to abort. Or being lied to about fetal development.

  • Kristin126

    That attitude is not helpful. I am pro-life too but when display hostility towards women who have had abortions, it risks turning people against us. We must speak the truth in love, not anger. Also remember that many women who have had abortions are victims and have been lied to by the abortion industry and even their own family members and friends.

  • Kristin126

    All of us in the pro-life movement do better to speak the truth in charity and kindness. When people turn their anger on the abortive mother, it turns people off and they don’t want to listen to anything any of us have to say. Kindness, compassion, mercy are the way to win hearts and minds.

  • lakewoodsteve

    All of us? I’m an us! Why are you so angry at me? No compassion, no mercy, no heart, Go coddle Satan and his baby killers. Your type “compassion” has witnessed 50 million dead babies, shame on you!
    With love! Steve

  • lakewoodsteve

    I can imagine if you were aborted you would feel different about malice. I guess in your world killing your full term baby is just a choice.

  • ChristinaDunigan

    Curtis Boyd has only one other dead patiet that I know about, Vanessa Preston in 1982 or 1983, and I’d classify her death under “all surgery has risks.” Boyd handled the situation with the utmost professionalism. If these reports are true, his standards have deteriorated considerably.

  • Joy Beum

    The facility specializes in death. This woman made the decision to murder her child. God gave her a taste of her own medicine.

  • TheCatholicGirl .

    This. THIS is precisely what it means when commanded not to judge others. You don’t know this woman’s heart. It is all of society that has failed this child. All of us.

  • lakewoodsteve

    Curtis Boyd is a physician in the same vain as Bruce Jenner is a brave woman. For over 2000 years Real Physicians took an oath, 1st. a acknowledging god and higher powers 2nd. to use food for medicine etc. 3dr. use your best judgment in implementing the art of medicine. 4th NEVER do abortions. Now days modern quacks “honor” big AMA. standard of “care” & pharma “science,” discourage life saving herbal foods for medicine and Iatrogenic-ley kill 100 to 800 thousand fools & suckers each & every year with toxic pharmaceuticals & quackery! NOT quite what Hippocrates had in mind. Doctors used to be doctors & women, women. But with Satan inspired dumb-down “education” you can believe baby butcher Curtis Boyd displayed the “utmost professionalism.” I feel sad for brain-washed apologists’ like you.
    With love for ALL God’s children. Steve

  • lakewoodsteve

    Kristin: Who put you in charge of Judging Attitudes? Why are you so hostile to Marlene for simply stating a fact? Why do you dismiss women as unable to detect abortion industry lies. Is the reason you can’t respond civilly any of my questions evidence some one lied to you & dumbed you down to the point you can only parrot PC. drivel? My inquiring mind wants to know.

  • lakewoodsteve

    You are “precisely” wrong but politically correct. You can judge me but I can’t judge baby killers! right/?

    A look at the Old Testament reveals similar teaching: “You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor” (Lev. 19:15).

    Clearly, contrary to what many would prefer to believe, the Bible exhorts us to rightly judge the behavior of others. The Catholic Church teaches likewise but cautions us just as Jesus did the disciples:

  • David Stewart

    This is my first time to post anything on this topic. I was praying and serving as a Sidewalk Advocate in front of this late them abortion mill in Albuquerque yesterday, when a co-worker called us with this news. Shortly after, a woman 29 weeks pregnant in the parking lot agreed to go to our crisis pregnancy center for a sonogram! And all I see here is your name-calling. We need to first love each other, then these confused women.

  • Kristin126

    I’m not angry at you at all, Steve, and never said that i was. I am against abortion, but I think that being angry and cruel towards abortion-minded women does not help anything and only hurts our cause. Since you seem to like books, might I suggest “Unplanned” by Abby Johnson? The author was a planned parenthood clinic director who converted to the pro-life movement. The relentlessly kind, peaceful, and caring witness of the protestors outside of her clinic helped win her over–if they had been as angry as some i’ve seen on here, she would probably still be working for PP. Just food for thought.

  • Roberto Reyna Orozco

    no one is judging you Steve but you have to admit you are being really cruel & just plain mean. Jesus was never cruel nor mean. His anger was just but he dealt with sinners with love & compassion. Please stop beating others over the head with hell fire & brimstone.

  • Steve. Deeply. I think the whole nation is a Murderer by accepting abortions without medical reasons. What do you think?

  • KB

    Idiot. I’m anti abortion. Doesn’t mean I don’t understand that people have varied motivations for what they do. It doesn’t excuse abortion. but it does help to know her motovation, and help her come to better choices to prevent it from happening again. If you cannot understand the difference between action and motivation you are literally a cancer on the prolife movement.

  • KB

    Plus he is calling two anti abortion people, pro choice. It’s a Wonder why the prolife movement doesn’t grow when you have people like him telling us we are pro choice

  • lakewoodsteve

    I guess you’re a bigger “idiot” for not understanding Margret Sanger’s and Adolf Hitler’s Satan inspired “motivation,” Motivation to end poverty and hunger! Using KB “logic” I guess KB is Pro poverty and hunger. Right? Remember it’s all about motivation, Right?
    A “motivation” the Creator inspired Founding Father’s, Constitution provided for, was DEATH for all who deprived, God given LIFE & Liberty.
    Using KB “logic” those Idiots should have said “No person shall be deprived of life Liberty or Property without due process,…[Unless Politically Correct motivation intercedes] Right?
    Our 60 million+ murdered babies indicates this ONCE [Creator inspired] Nation is now in [Satan inspired] Stage Four “Cancer.” A cancer that can send millions of unrepentant
    mothers to Hell for All Eternity, ear irregardless of one’s Motivations’.
    So let us hear no more of motivations’ but bind these baby killers down by the chains of the Constitution. (IF we only had one.) That’s theElephant in the room!!!
    All the rest is analogous to deckchair arrangements’ on a sinking Titanic.
    John Gottos book: Dumbing us Down-The hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. May be able to help explain the way you “think,” “reason” & feeeeel.
    With love, your brother. Steve

  • lakewoodsteve

    The 60 million murdered babies indicates this ONCE [Creator inspired] Nation is now in a [Satan inspired] Stage Four “Cancer.” A cancer that can send millions of unrepentant sinners to Hell for All Eternity, That’s the Elephant in the room!!! All the rest is analogous to deckchair arrangements’ on a sinking Titanic. John Gottos book: Dumbing us Down-The hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Explains the How it was done. Ecclesiastes 3:1 explains there is a time for everything. Abortion [could] be one, but not 60 million. That’s Satan talking.
    That’s what I think!

  • lakewoodsteve

    You’re wrong. I’m sarcastic & cruel to baby killers!
    My Jesus got mean & cruel ! to the money changers for disrespecting the Temple. As am I at the disrespectful, beachwear clad congregation attending my Church.

  • lakewoodsteve

    Your PC. confused. I never said that. With Satan in full charge of the nation you “think” Roe V. Wade will be overturned? Really ? Would you like to buy a bridge?

  • KB

    really now, how does someone who supports legally banning abortion get called PC?

  • KB

    Dude, you really should get your head checked. I’m done. You want to keep spouting nonsense, talking about Hitler and Sanger when I mentioned neither of them. You could be welcoming me in the effort to make abortion illegal but instead you are crazy as fuck. This is the reason why we will fail. If you alienate your allies we can never accomplish our goal of getting rid of abortion. Congratulations. You support more and more abortions with your rhetoric. You are pro abortion

  • Thanks Steve. I see: After the fall there hasn’t been a “Creator inspired Nation”. Freemasons created the USA.

    “Mark Passio – What On Earth Is Happening – Part 3 of 4”

  • lakewoodsteve

    The Catholic church I attended in Long Beach Ca used that exact approach to save thousands of God’s babies. At one peaceful prayer protest I was moved by a proud woman with her hansom 16 year old boy who was saved by caring Catholic protesters’.

  • lakewoodsteve

    I think you are right! As taxpaying supporters of our baby killing machine, We should all be held liable & prosecuted under Rule Of Law,..[IF we only had that]

  • lakewoodsteve

    Your foul mouth & fouled logic go hand in hand. I.E. “baby killing mom’s aren’t malicious” & one’s motivations negates murder. Like Hitler and Sanger “nonsense.” Nonsense that is NOW the foundation of our Satan inspired, government indorsed, Infanticide. (That you & I pay for.) That is the “crazy as fu-k” elephant in the room. One that your “crazy” Dumbed down PC. education won’t let you comprehend, or respond to. Satan has Big plans for our Eternity,& that’s an even bigger elephant.
    Good luck! With love. Steve

  • Thanks for your reply Steve. A coin has two sides. God’s side is the better side:)

  • Girl. I think the problem is that we live in a secular World and too many of us think there is no God. Therefore they think they can do what ever they please. In other words they are their own gods. Luckily God is real and there is hope:)

  • Thanks Steve. Indeed. We shouldn’t be careless. God’s law is good. It protects life: “Do not murder.”

    “What does the Bible say about the Death Penalty? (Part 1)”


    * What is murder in God’s eyes? From the human perspective, murder is the physical act of taking another’s life. However, we also must consider that God defines murder as any thought or feeling of deep-seated hatred or malice against another person. In other words, it is more than just a physical act that constitutes murder to God, who tells us that “everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15 ESV).


  • bobobloblaw

    Sperm and eggs are alive. God said don’t jizz on the ground or in a man because your sperms are potential babies.

  • cranemaker

    Hold the abortion industry morally reprehensible for crimes against women and children. Abortion kills real women including Tonya Reeves, dead at PP https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09da7d41c0e404b9c11d973d34b27b456877889b48f4a7181a9ebeba743c48a1.jpg .

  • bonnie smith

    What makes her life more valuable than the baby that was killed. If one is to die both should die.

  • Janine Ferris Hosseini

    What on earth could cause a woman to carry a child for over six months and then submit to an abortion? Hard to feel much of anything for that woman. Abortion at any stage of a pregnancy seems freakishly unnatural but this is insane.