Family Comes Forward with New Evidence, Questions about Cree Erwin’s Fatal Botched Abortion at Planned Parenthood

An unredacted autopsy report surfaces that shows a 4 cm perforation and internal hemorrhaging as the result of a botched abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kalamazoo, MI — At a press conference with pro-life leaders held yesterday outside the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Tyler Sheppard, the brother of Cree Erwin-Sheppard produced new evidence to show his sister suffered an incomplete abortion in addition to a large uterine perforation.

Sheppard, who lives in Florida, traveled to Michigan specifically to participate in the press conference, so he could call attention not only to what happened to his sister, but also to what goes on at Planned Parenthood.

“They are ravaging these women . . . I want to know what happened. I want to know why my sister’s life wasn’t good enough to save,” he said.

Sheppard displayed a copy of Cree’s medical record obtained by another family member from Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek where she had sought help for severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting two days after having a 12-week abortion at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo.

At the hospital, records show that an ultrasound discovered “products of conception” inside the uterus consistent with an “incomplete miscarriage,” the hospital’s term for an incomplete abortion.

“They saw baby parts still inside of my sister and they still sent her home . . . I want to know what happened,” Sheppard said, questioning why she was not treated at this hospital.

Instead, the Bronson Emergency Department prescribed a pain killer and an anti-nausea medication to Cree and told her to report to her doctor or Planned Parenthood after the long July 4th weekend.

However, the hospital pharmacy was closed for the weekend and Cree was in too much pain to get those prescriptions filled. She died just hours later.

Cree’s death certificate noted mysteriously that her “injury” took place because of “unprescribed drug use,” but Sheppard insisted that his sister did not use illegal drugs. Methadone was found in Cree’s system but Sheppard said he believes that she took the methadone because she was in excruciating pain and she could not fill the prescription for pain medication prescribed by the hospital.

The press conference, led by Michigan pro-life activists Lynn Mills of Pro-Life Detroit and Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, also spurred the local news media to conduct their own research. As a result, the Kalamazoo Gazette requested and received public records from the City of Battle Creek that contained a final police death investigation report and an unredacted autopsy report.

Pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, which has worked with Lynn Mills and Catherine Davis, Founding Core Member for the National Black Pro-Life Coalition to investigate Cree’s death, were given heavily redacted copies of the autopsy report that covered any mention of Cree’s abortion and injuries she suffered because of it.

However, the unredacted autopsy, now in the hands of Operation Rescue thanks to the Kalamazoo Gazette, sheds new light on exactly what Cree’s botched abortion did to her.

The coroner reported a four-centimeter long full-thickness perforation that ran through the lower back side of her uterus. The autopsy also discovered 250 cc’s (or 8 ½ ounces) of blood that had hemorrhaged internally into the space behind her uterus. Her womb was also filled with “clot material,” in which the Bronson Emergency Department identified parts of the aborted baby.

As for the redactions found in the copies provided to pro-life groups, the Kalamazoo Gazette confronted Calhoun County Jim Dyer, who admits he made the decision to omit the abortion related information from only certain copies.

Dyer admitted that he withheld critical information from those he determined to be “curiosity seekers,” in order to “protect the family.” However, Dyer’s poor judgement in deciding who deserved access to public information only hurt the family – and helped cover up for Planned Parenthood.

“I want those responsible for my sister’s death to take accountability for it, be responsible. Giving us the information they gave us is insulting our intelligence,” Sheppard stated, referring to the redactions in Cree’s autopsy report.

“I have a message for Mr. Dyer and any other city official who thinks he or she can dole out public information to whomever they deem worthy,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are not ‘curiosity seekers.’ We are members of the public who happen to be serious pro-life investigators and journalists that have a keen interest in truth and justice. The law says we’re are entitled to public information such as autopsy reports. You have no right to violate the public records laws simply because you do not like those who are seeking public information. Mr. Dyer should resign and issue Cree Erwin-Sheppard’s family a public apology.”

The Kalamazoo Gazette also learned that after the Battle Creek Police referred Cree Erwin-Sheppard’s death investigation information to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, it was determined that Cree’s death warranted no investigation, and the case was closed on September 9, 2016.

However, Mills learned last week that a complaint filed by Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue against Laura Castleman is still open. Castleman is the abortionist whose name was on a Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood prescription slip made out to Cree Erwin on the day of her fatal abortion.

“In our attempts to hold Castleman accountable, we pray for an unbiased investigation that does not assume, as so many investigators do, that everything possible was done for Cree. It wasn’t. It was unconscionable for Planned Parenthood to kick Cree down the road with an incomplete abortion and a big hole torn in her uterus,” said Newman. “It may have been a mistake, but people are forced to pay for their mistakes all the time. Abortionists should be no different, especially when the mistake is a fatal one.”

Tyler Sheppard wants the world to know that before she died, his sister acknowledged that she regretted her abortion decision.

“She was very sorrowful. She was regretting it. Not just because she was in agonizing pain. She was bawling. She was crying her eyes out. She didn’t like that she did that,” Tyler Sheppard told reporters.

Read Erwin-Sheppard’s Bronson Hospital Records
Read Erwin-Sheppard’s Unredated Autopsy Report
Read Battle Creek Police Final Death Investigation Report

Rowdy Abortion Backers Attempt to Block Camera as Ambulance Arrives at Tempe Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tempe, AZ – There were tense moments on the street between pro-life and pro-abortion supporters as a fire unit followed soon by an ambulance arrived at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Tempe, Arizona, on April 1, 2017.

A group of Christians with Apologia Radio were on site praying and offering assistance to abortion-bound women – and filming live on Facebook – when the incident occurred at about 9:00 a.m.

Gospel preachers could be heard competing with a raucous group of pink-shirted abortion supporters blaring music and waving umbrellas as one pro-life man reported the events live on video.

“Okay, guys. We are outside of Planned Parenthood right now in Tempe,” the pro-life activist reported. “I don’t know if you guys have been keeping track, but it’s a ruckus out here right now. Planned Parenthood supporters are out in full effect and playing loud, loud music.”

As the ambulance pulled up, those filming were blocked by pink-shirted Planned Parenthood “escorts” who waved placards and umbrellas in front of the camera.

“This is unfortunately, sadly, the consequence of Planned Parenthood,” the activist continued, referring to the medical emergency that was in progress.

“It’s been kind of a crazy morning. Very loud. Very aggressive. But out back right now, we just had the EMTs – Fire Department pull up. Obviously, something happened inside, but we don’t know what,” the pro-life man reported.
“If you guys could be here right now and hear just the atmosphere, it’s crazy,” he continued. “There’s a temperature here in terms of their commitment to fight against us. It’s just rambunctious, rowdy, intense.”

As he was speaking, the Planned Parenthood supporters swarmed in front of the camera to prevent the Christians from broadcasting the unfolding drama.

After about ten minutes, the gurney emerged from the back door of Planned Parenthood.

“She had a sheet over her head,” the pro-life reporter said. Another man remarked that the scene evoked the striking image of a dead body being removed, although he emphasized that they were not saying it was a dead body.

As the patient was loaded into the ambulance, the camera was mobbed by Planned Parenthood supporters, who employed their signs and umbrellas to continue to block the camera. The pro-lifers continued to ask viewers to pray for the person suffering the emergency.

Soon, the patient was transported away from the scene.

This was the fourteenth documented medical emergency at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the first 90 days of 2017.

“We thank the bold activists who documented this incident under very trying conditions,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “They did a great job of showing what they called the true face of Planned Parenthood.”

“While abortion supporters shrug off and downplay such medical emergencies, for those fifteen women, their pain is very real and life-altering,” Newman continued. “While the Planned Parenthood folks in the video appeared apathetic to the patient’s suffering, it is compassion and love for women and their babies that drives the pro-life movement to press on in the face of adversity toward the goal of ending the barbaric practice of abortion in this nation.”

Charges Reduced Against St. Louis Pro-Life Activist in False Planned Parenthood Case

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – A felony case against pro-life activist John Ryan, who was falsely accused of making a terrorist threat to a Planned Parenthood worker, has been dropped, but a new misdemeanor case was filed in its place on April 6, 2017.

Ryan, a long-time pro-life advocate who regularly offered help to abortion-bound women at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri, was arrested on December 31, 2016, after having a brief conversation with a clinic worker. He was released the following day.

In another development, a Planned Parenthood petition for an injunction to keep Ryan 150 feet away from Planned Parenthood offices in the St. Louis area was withdrawn in March.

Brad Blake, Ryan’s attorney, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was not told why the charge against his client was reduced. Blake told the newspaper that Ryan has always maintained his innocence and even passed a polygraph test.

Ryan believes the Planned Parenthood employee made a false report, accusing him of telling her there were bombs inside the abortion facility. The abortion facility was searched by police, but inexplicably was never evacuated during the search despite the seriousness of the accusations. In fact, Planned Parenthood continued to treat patients, who were allowed to come and go freely during the search.

Ryan’s brief conversation was witnessed by at least a half-dozen people, who deny he ever made any threatening remarks.

“It looks like prosecutors are having second thoughts about Planned Parenthood’s spurious accusations, as well they should,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This case is an attempt by Planned Parenthood to punish an innocent citizen who was simply exercising his First Amendment Rights. Planned Parenthood’s accusations have no credibility, and we urge the City of St. Louis to completely drop this bogus case against Mr. Ryan in the interest of justice.”