Perforated Uterus Led to Death of Michigan Planned Parenthood Abortion Patient


By Cheryl Sullenger

Kalamazoo, MI – The death of a young mother, Cree Erwin-Sheppard, just three days after receiving a surgical abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has turned into a mystery worthy of the fictional Sherlock Holmes. Questions of why she died and who was responsible remain covered up under heavy redactions in her recently released autopsy report.

After a delay of over eight months, the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report is filled with strategic redactions that obscure the most pertinent parts of the report, including most of the cause of death determination.

In fact, just reading the redacted autopsy report, submitted by Elizabeth A. Douglas, MD, one would never know that an abortion was involved, much less Planned Parenthood.

While important information in the autopsy report was blacked out to remove any mention of an abortion, the toxicology reports noting trace amounts of Methadone and other pain/anti-convulsant drugs was left completely unredacted.

“It is my opinion that there is an effort on the part of the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s office to protect Planned Parenthood while wrongly blaming Erwin-Sheppard for her own death,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The way the autopsy report is censored, it falsely leads one to believe that unprescribed drugs caused her death, while the fact that her uterus was perforated is completely expunged from the record. Planned Parenthood corruption appears to have infiltrated the Medical Examiner’s office.”

If it was not for other bits of documentation obtained by Operation Rescue and its team, the cause of Cree Erwin-Sheppard’s death would be a complete mystery.

First, Operation Rescue obtained an unfilled prescription slip that was provided to Erwin-Sheppard by abortionist Laura Castleman at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on June 30, 2016, the day of her abortion. That script directly placed Erwin-Sheppard at Planned Parenthood.

Operation Rescue partnered with long-time Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills to get to the bottom of what really caused the death of this young mother. Mills obtained Erwin-Sheppard’s unredacted death certificate that shows the full cause of death, much of which was omitted from the autopsy report. Yet, even that document contributes its own mysteries.

The manner of Erwin-Sheppard’s death was listed as “Accident,” although that does not rule out negligence. The determination of “Accidental” death is the default setting for coroners who examine abortion death cases. Most never look further into conditions and practices at the abortion facilities that may have contributed to the death.

[Redactions to this document were done by Operation Rescue.]

Cree Erwin Sheppard Amended DC v2_Redacted by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

The cause of death listed on Cree Erwin-Sheppard’s amended death certificate is as follows:

Complications of intrauterine pregnancy, including pulmonary emboli related to uterine vein thrombosis and uterine perforation status post early vacuum aspiration and intrauterine contraceptive device placement.

The autopsy report noted the only area of vein clotting in Erwin-Sheppard’s body was found in the uterine vein. This lends itself to the conclusion that trauma to the vein caused the clots, which later broke away and traveled to her lungs.

The only source of trauma or injury in Cree’s body was the uterine perforation, which could well have resulted in damage to her uterine vein.

Uterine perforation is a common complication to surgical abortion and is a known complication to IUD placement. However, the death certificate curiously notes that the perforation somehow happened after the suction aspiration abortion and IUD placement at some unknown place and time.

To further muddy the waters, in Box 41c of the death certificate, the medical examiner is asked to “Describe how the injury occurred.” The puzzling answer? “Use of unprescribed drugs.”

“That answer is completely ridiculous,” said Newman. “Drugs don’t cause the uterus to put a hole in itself. It’s hard to believe this is the best the medical examiner could come up with after eight months.”

The death certificate also contains other inconsistencies. Methadone use is noted in a box that asks for “Other significant conditions contributing to death but not resulting in the underlying cause given in Part 1.”

If the methadone did not result in the underlying cause of death, why is it listed as the “injury” that led to Erwin-Sheppard’s death?

Based on the information available at this time, it is logical to reach the following conclusions:

1. Cree Erwin-Sheppard received a surgical suction aspiration abortion on June 30, 2016, at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
2. During that abortion or subsequent IUD insertion, her uterus was perforated and her uterine artery was injured.
3. On July 2, suffering from intense abdominal pain, Erwin-Sheppard was taken by her mother to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital’s emergency room, according to a police report. There, Cree was supposedly given pain medication and told to see her family physician the next day.
4. In so much pain that she was afraid to go home, Erwin-Sheppard was taken to her mother’s house and put to bed. She slept through the day.
5. While at her mother’s home and desperate to ease the pain, Cree somehow accessed a dose of methadone.
6. In the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, Erwin-Sheppard’s mother found her daughter dead in her bed.
7. An autopsy was performed by Elizabeth A. Douglas, MD, on July 4, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. A uterine perforation was discovered. Blood clots were found in her uterine artery and lungs, which caused her death. Blood and urine was sent for toxicology screening.
8. When the autopsy was finally released on March 9, 2017, all mention of the abortion, uterine perforation, and IUD insertion were redacted along with the salient portions of the cause of death while other sensitive information was left intact.

“This autopsy report and inconsistent entries in the death certificate just don’t pass the smell test,” said Newman. “It is more than a little suspicious that the one that benefits from the cover up of information is Planned Parenthood. Politics and personal ideology have no place in the investigation of Cree’s death. A full and honest investigation must be conducted by the Michigan medical board to determine who is responsible for this abortion-related death before tragedy strikes another Planned Parenthood patient.”

This is a mystery that deserves to be solved for the sake of other women who may seek services at Planned Parenthood’s Kalamazoo office. Operation Rescue will continue to seek transparency and justice on behalf of Cree Erwin-Sheppard and her family until those responsible for her needless death are brought to justice.

[All redactions in this document were done by the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s Office.]

Erwin-Sheppard Autopsy Report – Redacted by Medical Examiner by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Why Ohio Abortion Pill Complications Doubled Last Year


By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio is among the best in the U.S. when it comes to abortion reporting requirements, seeking as much information as possible from abortion providers about abortion methods, gestational ages, and maternal demographics. Now, one statistic reported to the Medical Board of Ohio has shed new light on the danger of abortions using the drug Mifeprex, also known as Mifepristone or RU486.

Ohio requires abortionists who dispense the drug, often referred to as the Abortion Pill, to fill out a form reporting all complications experienced by women who have taken Mifeprex to cause abortions.

Operation Rescue has reviewed 127 “Report of RU486 Event” forms for five abortion facilities located in three counties in Ohio for abortions that took place during a five-year time-span, 2012-2016. The facilities reporting complications include:

• Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Preterm in Cleveland, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Planned Parenthood in Columbus, located in Franklin County.
• Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, located in Hamilton County.

RU486 abortion numbers for 2012-2015 (the latest year available) were obtained from the Ohio Department of Health, and an average of the four years was used to extrapolate an estimated number for 2016. Those numbers were then compared to the 127 complications for which there were RU486 Event forms received by the Ohio Medical Board for 2012-2016.

When the number of RU486 complications were compared to the number of abortions done using the abortion drug, an interesting discovery was made. Between 2012-2015, 3.18 percent of women obtaining RU486 abortions in the three reporting counties suffered serious complications.

However, in 2016 alone, 6.74% of women obtaining RU486 abortions in the same three counties suffered complications.

What could account for complication percentages to more than double in only one year?

Ohio law mandates that abortionists follow FDA protocols when dispensing the RU486 abortion drug. Those protocols for years limited the use of RU486 to the first seven weeks of pregnancy due to an increased risk of failure if used later in pregnancy.

In March 2016, the FDA relaxed protocols on the RU486 abortion drug and extended the gestational age limit for use. New protocols issued under the Obama Administration a year ago allow for drug’s usage up to 10 weeks pregnancy.

The use of RU486 beyond seven weeks very likely decreased the efficiency of the drug and subjected women to an increased occurrence of complications.

The majority of complications reported on the forms listed as “Incomplete Abortions,” which required patients to undergo surgical procedures to complete the abortions days or even weeks later.

Among the five abortion facilities that reported complications, the three Planned Parenthood abortion facilities had the highest number of complications, with the Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood facility reporting 56 complications — the most reported in that five-year time frame.

On many of the Event forms submitted by abortionist Catherine Romanos of Planned Parenthood’s Columbus abortion facility, notations were made to indicate it was her opinion that the incomplete abortions were caused by the use of FDA protocols in place at the time.

However, the actual reported abortion complication figures completely debunk Romanos’ faulty assumption. The more stringent protocols actually prevented complications women are now experiencing by using the abortion drug up to ten weeks in their pregnancies.

Abortion lobbyists have long sought to remove restrictions on the use of the abortion pill. The LA Times, recently published a slanted and partially inaccurate article accusing politics of preventing women greater access to the abortion pill. It reported that there is a push among abortionists to further liberalize Mifeprex protocols to allow RU487 abortion drug prescriptions to be filled by pharmacies so women will no longer have to make office visits to abort their babies.

The information gleaned from Ohio abortion and complication reports show that far too many women are suffering from complications due to the Abortion Pill, and that relaxing the standards has only made the occurrence of complications skyrocket.

“The Abortion Pill must be taken off the market. Not only is it lethal to babies, it causes far too many women to suffer serious complications that can land them in the emergency room or worse,” said Newman. “This is the untold truth about the Abortion Pill that the fake pro-abortion news media, Planned Parenthood, and the rest of the Abortion Cartel want to keep hidden at all costs.”

[Correction: A previous version of this story contained a table that incorrectly transposed Franklin County numbers with Hamilton County numbers. We regret the error. That chart is now correct.]

Ohio RU486 Event Reports 2012-2016 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Watch: Life or Death Reasons to Defund Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – As Congress prepares to vote on legislation that would halt tax payments to Planned Parenthood, a new video showing the urgent need to defund America’s largest abortion provider has been released by Operation Rescue.

The video shows 18 ambulances that have responded to Planned Parenthood abortion facilities over the past year to transport patients suffering medical emergencies to local emergency rooms. It also contains a clip from a tragic 911 call involving a patient death, along with documentation that the woman’s fatal abortion took place at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Michigan.

The medical emergencies show serious, life-threatening abortion complications, including hemorrhage, severe pain, and seizures.

“We understand that the incidents shown in the video represent just a fraction of life-threatening abortion complications that women experience because of Planned Parenthood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If they want to maim and kill women along with their babies — something the majority of Americans find abhorrent — it certainly shouldn’t be done with the blessing of our hard-earned tax dollars.”

Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million a year in government funding. Operation Rescue supports a Republican plan to reallocate that amount to women’s health programs that do not supply abortions, so no one will go without necessary health care.

A vote on defunding Planned Parenthood is expected very soon, perhaps as early as next week.

Operation Rescue urges pro-life supporters to contact their Congressmen and Senators immediately and tell them to #DefundPlanned Parenthood as soon as possible.

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