Can There Still be Justice for Lakisha Wilson?

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, Ohio – Lakisha Wilson, a beautiful 22-year old African American woman, died three years ago from a fatally botched abortion she obtained at the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

What was done to her by Preterm staff is worth retelling on this anniversary of her death.

I found out about Wilson when I was tipped that an ambulance had been called to Preterm on March 21, 2014. As usual, I asked my assistant to order the 911 records. At Operation Rescue, we request so many 911 records based on similar tips that it has become somewhat routine – so much so that when the records arrived, my assistant did not even bother to listen to the recording before forwarding it to me.

When I played it, I was stunned. “It sounds like this patient died,” I hollered down the hallway to my assistant.

That began a fact-finding frenzy where we learned more of Wilson’s deadly encounter with Preterm and its abortionist at that time, Lisa Perriera. I flew to Cleveland and participated in a press conference with other state and national pro-life leaders. We demanded justice. We demanded answers.

Little did I know how those answers would come.

Sometime after that frenzy calmed down, I received an oversized manila envelope from the Ohio Department of Health. Inside was simply a CD with my last name hand-printed on it.

I popped the CD into my computer and was once again stunned by what I saw. Someone had leaked to me all the records – public and “confidential” – that detailed the Department of Health’s investigation into Wilson’s death.

Because of that information, along with the autopsy report and other documents we had assembled, I was able to build the following narrative about her abortion and the investigation that followed.

Wilson reported to Preterm on March 21, 2014, for a second trimester abortion with abortionist Lisa Perriera. The autopsy, which relied on Preterm’s records, showed that she was 19 weeks pregnant at the time of her abortion, but other records contained on that mysterious CD indicated she was actually closer to 23 weeks. Perhaps because of her advanced pregnancy, Wilson suffered blood loss during the abortion and went into shock. Her life-threatening condition was not immediately detected, most likely due to failure to properly monitor her vital signs.

Preterm staff administered medication to Wilson to cause uterine contractions in an apparent effort to control the hemorrhage, but it appeared to be too little, too late.

Depressed respiration caused by sedation may have contributed to the lack of oxygen Wilson’s body received. This only compounded the medical crisis. As a result, Wilson suffered cardiopulmonary arrest and subsequent fatal brain damage all before a Preterm employee finally was told to call 911 for help.

The 911 recording and Computer Aided Dispatch transcript revealed that Wilson was “not breathing at all” at the time the call was placed. In fact, emergency records show that she was not breathing for at least 28 minutes.

When paramedics finally arrived, they were delayed in getting to Wilson due to a malfunctioning elevator. Since all the surgical rooms at Preterm are on the third floor, the elevator is the crucial to patient safety during emergencies such as the one Wilson was suffering.

Once they were finally able to get the elevator working well enough to get them to the third floor, paramedics removed the ill-fitting pediatric oxygen mask that abortionist Perriera had been using and replaced it with a mask of the proper size and fit. They were able to resuscitate Wilson – something the abortion facility staff was unable to do.

However, paramedics could not intubate her, which was necessary to ensure that she was receiving enough oxygen. This was because the elevator was so cramped that they could not lay the gurney flat, which was required for intubation.

Once downstairs, paramedics rushed Wilson out of the building and to an awaiting ambulance, a chaotic moment that was recorded by Pastor Dale Henkel, a pro-life activist who was on the sidewalk praying that day.

So frantic were the paramedics to get her to the ambulance that they never bothered to completely cover her naked body.

Wilson was rushed to University Hospital Case Medical Center, where she was placed on complete life support until an organ procurement company could obtain the documentation needed to harvest her organs. This was callously done against the wishes of the Wilson family, who were concerned that missing organs would compromise any potential investigation. Wilson was officially declared dead on March 28, 2014, leaving her one-year old son motherless.

So what were the consequences for Perriera and Preterm for their obviously negligent treatment of Lakisha Wilson?

Nothing at all.

We may have gotten answers, but there was never any justice for Lakisha Wilson and her family.

The Ohio Department of Health conducted an inspection of Preterm, and cleared them despite their dangerous set up that included third-floor surgical rooms, with gurney access only through a cramped and frequently malfunctioning elevator.

The Ohio Medical Board investigated Perriera and her staff, but despite clear indications of a janky fetal age determination, a hemorrhage that went undetected due negligent monitoring, inadequate resuscitation efforts, and a delay in calling 911 for help, they too were “cleared,” based partially on the coroner’s determination of “accidental death.”

Once the Department of Health files were leaked to me that showed many important deficiencies in Wilson’s treatment, which had been overlooked or dismissed by investigators, our coalition of pro-life groups called for the Department of Health to reconsider the seriousness of those deficiencies and how they contributed to Wilson’s demise.

But they ignored that, too. It was regulatory failure at its worst.

Meanwhile, Perriera was given an award by the Physicians for Reproductive Choice at a posh ceremonial New York City dinner in 2015, for enduring “adversity” during the investigation of Wilson’s tragically avoidable death. She transferred to an abortion facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – a place that never heard of Lakisha Wilson – where she continues to abort babies and place women’s lives at risk, all while publicly advocating for abortion as a “safe” procedure. She also serves as Associate Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Sidney Kimmel Medical Center at Thomas Jefferson University.

Instead of being held accountable for her series of fatal errors that deprived Wilson of her life, Perriera was basically promoted.

Three years later, the sting of this injustice has yet to subside. On the third anniversary of Lakisha Wilson’s death, I still remember, and haven’t given up hope that someday, somehow, there can still be justice.

Leaked Ohio Department of Health files concerning Wilson’s death

Documented Sex Abuse Committed By Members of the Abortion Cartel

“If you knew what I know about the Abortion Cartel, you wouldn’t sleep at night.” -Troy Newman

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An Operation Rescue Special Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — He was an outspoken supporter of abortion who bragged about packing a gun and his his new, state-of-the-art abortion facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The news media loved interviewing him and he became an in-demand spokesperson for abortion on demand.

But Brian Finkle had a secret. He was a sexual predator. A proud member of the National Abortion Federation, Finkle used his abortion facility, which he referred to proudly as the “Vaginal Vault,” to lure in women for abortions so he could molest and rape them — the pretty ones, anyway — while they were under sedation and could not fight against his advances. He called it “doing the dirty.”

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In 2001, Finkle was arrested and charged with committing 67 sexual crimes. Two years later, Finkle was convicted on 22 counts of sex abuse. But before his four-month trial was over, over 70 more women had come forward with their own nightmarish stories of abuse.

“I didn’t know who to call. I didn’t know who would believe me,” testified one of his sexual assault victims at his 2004 rape trial. “I’m just a person. He’s a doctor.”

Finkle is thankfully still serving his sentence of 35 years behind bars, but he is far from the only abuser of women within the abortion industry – and some of them are even still working at abortion facilities today with free access to new victims.

“If you knew what I know about what goes on inside abortion clinics, you wouldn’t sleep at night,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman of the documentation his organization has acquired concerning sex abuse within the Abortion Cartel. “Abortion facilities, with all their secrecy and political protection, provide sexual predators with an environment that makes it easy for them to abuse women. It’s the ultimate betrayal of the sacred trust that is supposed to exist between legitimate medical providers and their patients.”

Part of that political protection comes from the likes of Hillary Clinton, who is well known for covering up for her husband’s sexual abuse while attacking his victims. Clinton has partnered with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, who heavily support her campaign for president. Planned Parenthood’s CEO, Cecile Richards, is making public appearances on behalf of Clinton and her organization has contributed huge amounts of money to the Clinton campaign.

“Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood are birds of a feather. Both attempt to deceive the public and cover up for sexual abusers,” said Newman. “Clinton will only continue the cover-up for her friends within the Abortion Cartel, if she is elected.”

Some abortion abusers are full blown rapists, like Laurence Reich. In 1982, Reich’s medical license was suspended for “sexual improprieties” with four women, but if a reading the legal documents reveals that “impropriety” is a vast understatement. The descriptions of his appalling conduct within those documents, (which I will not reprint here) is not for the faint of heart.

Ten years later, Reich resurfaced at a seedy Southern California abortion chain where he often saw female patients without anyone else in the room. In the late 1990’s, this writer repeatedly warned the Board of Osteopathy that Reich would offend again, but they did nothing.

In 2002, Reich pled guilty to two counts of sex exploitation after two patients came forward and complained about him asking inappropriate sexual questions and putting his fingers inside their vaginas without medical necessity. He also gave both woman his phone number. However, this conviction was expunged two years later after he completed a year of probation and paid a $100 fine.

For the Board of Osteopathy, that conviction was the last straw. Reich was forced to finally surrender his medical license. That should have put him out of the abortion business for good.

A year later, police suspected that unlicensed people were posing as doctors and conducting abortions at the 11-clinic chain where Reich had worked. When they raided one Los Angeles-area office, they found Laurence Reich. It appeared as if he never missed a day even though he had no valid license.

Remarkably, Reich reached yet another plea deal and has so far completely avoided incarceration. While his current whereabouts are unknown, he may very well be up to his old habits out there at another abortion facility somewhere.

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Other documented incidents of sexual misconduct committed by abortionists are unnerving.

• Oklahoma Nareshkumar Patel was charged with rape after several women came forward with horrific stories of his appalling sexual conduct with abortion patients and clinic workers. Unfortunately, Patel was inexplicably exonerated despite the overwhelming evidence against him. He later lost is medical license after being convicted of fraud after Operation Rescue lodged a complaint.

• Maryland abortionist Harold O. Alexander was found to have “crossed sexual boundaries” with patients at his abortion business in Forestville. He also freely handed out large amounts of Viagra to men he barely knew and were never his patients. That and a slew of other violations earned him just a three-month suspension in 2012. He continues to conduct abortions illegally at his unlicensed abortion facility.

• Former Planned Parenthood abortionist Timothy Liveright was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior with patients at a Delaware Planned Parenthood in 2013. He received only a public reprimand.

• Maryland abortionist Mansour G. Panah’s long history of discipline started in 1988, when he was accused of fondling and attempting to kiss his patients on the mouth. He was disciplined once again for unwanted sexual contact with patients in 1995. One woman received as many as three breast examinations in one visit for no medical reason. When asked why the need for repeated examinations, Panah simply expressed admiration for the woman’s breasts. In 2014, Panah finally surrendered his license to avoid the expense of the disciplinary action involving non-sexual abortion abuses.

• Vikram Kaji, an associate of Panah’s, was disciplined in 1994 for sexual misconduct with patients, including engaging in intercourse with them. Now 80-years old, Kaji continues to work as the medical director for Steven Chase Brigham’s American Women’s Services abortion chain, but faces disciplinary action in New Jersey.

• Ohio abortionist Thomas W. Michaelis was arrested in 2014 and charged with possession of child pornography. It permanently revoked his medical license in May, 2014, noting a documented history of sexual deviancy dating back at nearly 25 years – sometimes involving minor girls. Last year, Michaelis pled guilty to two counts of possessing and viewing child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in Federal Prison.

Jacob Kalo was accused by a patient in 1998 of lifting her shirt and bra and improperly touching her breasts. He then sedated her and molested her private area while she was on the procedure table with her legs in the stirrups prior to the abortion, but she was too drugged to resist. A police report was filed. He was never prosecuted.

• Part-time Planned Parenthood abortionist Roger Ian Hardy surrendered his Massachusetts medical license just two years ago amid allegations by 18 witnesses that he sexually molested patients – many under anesthesia – during fertility treatments at Fertility Centers of New England. As his legal issues heated up, he allegedly fled to Thailand to avoid prosecution.

How do these sexual predators get away with it?

There is a propensity for law enforcement and regulators to believe physicians, especially abortionists, over their victims. For example, it is thought that incidents of sex abuse were perpetrated by Roger Hardy for over 20 years – sometimes against under-aged girls – but when one of his victims would come forward, no one believed them.

Again, the patient who claimed Jacob Kalo molested her delayed making a police report because she was afraid no one would believe her. Those fears were realized when a physician who reviewed the records said it did not appear Kalo did anything wrong despite her graphic description of the abuse.

This attitude of dismissing the victim’s accusations is reinforced by a “code of silence” within the abortion industry in particular and medical profession in general, protects them from the consequences of their abuse.

One employee was upset when she saw Roger Hardy fondling a patient’s breast, but was told not to report it if she did not want to be known as a “disgruntled worker.”

Hardy’s boss at the infertility clinic, Vito Cardone, was a willing participant in the “code of silence.” He was aware that Hardy was sexually abusing patients while they were under anesthesia, but Cardone kept quiet and allowed Hardy to continue the abuse.

A disciplinary petition against Cardone, which is seeking license revocation, states, “As a health care provider, [Cardone] had a duty to report to the Board any person who there was reasonable basis to believe was in violation. . . any of the regulations of the Board. [Cardone] did not report the incident involving Dr. Hardy to the Board as required by law.”

Despite the laws, reporting sexual abuse is something that is routinely neglected by the Abortion Cartel.

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L.M. was only twelve years old when her step-father Robert Estrada began raping her. Then he began raping her 11-year old sister as well. When L.M. became pregnant, Estrada was desperate to cover up the evidence of his crimes. He took her for an abortion at the now defunct Central Women’s Services in Wichita, Kansas, who was a National Abortion Federation member in “good standing.”

Abortionist Sherman Zaremski was happy to oblige Estrada. He conducted an abortion on L.M. then returned her to the hands of her rapist. Zaremski never reported L.M.’s abortion or the possibility that she was the victim of abuse.

As a result, L.M. and her sister were forced to endure four more dreadful years of rape. Between the two girls, they experienced a total of 4 pregnancies, including the birth of twins on one of the girl’s 12th birthday.

Finally, Estrada was arrested and charged after the girls finally went to a pro-life center next door to the abortion facility seeking information about adoption. Estrada was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

So what happened to Zaremski for failing to protect the young sisters from abuse? Nothing. In fact, he sued in Federal Court and successfully challenged Kansas’ mandatory child abuse reporting law. Even though that decision was later overturned, Kansas abortionists still consider the child abuse reporting laws to be discretionary, leaving under-aged girls at the mercy of molesters and rapists.

Another example is Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer lost his abortion business and his medical license after Indiana Right to Life discovered that he failed to report child sex abuse. He was also criminally charged in two counties. While Klopfer entered an agreement that allowed him to avoid prison, he can no longer participate in the business of abortion.

At least 18 abortion businesses have been cited for failure to report when young girls are brought for abortions at their facilities – and these are just the ones that have gotten caught.

A study conducted by Life Dynamics, Inc. in 2002, indicates the problem of facilities ignoring child rape is much, much worse. During its telephone survey of 813 of the 906* surgical abortion facilities known to be affiliated with Planned Parenthood or the National Abortion Federation at that time, Life Dynamics found that over 90 percent of the facilities were willing to ignore laws mandating the reporting of child sexual abuse. (*Note: Today there are 513 surgical abortion facilities in the U.S.)

“The Abortion Cartel operates under a veil of secrecy that covers up sexual crimes to the extent that it is difficult to know how deep this problem actually goes. But from what we know, sexual abuse and covering up for sexual abusers are far from rare occurrences,” said Newman. “When it comes to abortion, it’s easier to look the other way, but that kind of cover up has to stop.”

Below is a listing of sex-related abuses documented by Operation Rescue, including links to documents and stories, but we warn you, much of the documentation is disturbingly graphic.

Abortion Personnel with Backgrounds in Sexual Impropriety

Lawson Acpulonu, California: Accused of rape.
Harold O. Alexander, Maryland: “Crossed sexual boundaries” with employees and patients.
Brian Finkel, Arizona: Convicted of sex abuse/rape.
Evie Gradwohl, Oregon: Abortion nurse accused of molestation.
Roger Ian Hardy, Massachusetts: Accused of sex abuse.
Vikram Kaji, New Jersey, Maryland: Had sex with patients.
Jacob Kalo, Michigan: Accused of molestation.
Douglas Karpen, Texas: Accused of sexual harassment.
Timothy Liveright, Delaware: Accused of sexual harassment.
Joel Match, Virginia: Accused of trying to pimp out his girl friend.
Mila Means, Kansas: Improper sexual relationship with patient.
Thomas Michaelis, Ohio: Convicted of child porn.
Mansour G. Panah, Maryland: Sexually abused numerous patients.
Naresh G. Patel, Oklahoma: Accused of rape.
Laurence Reich, California: Convicted of abuse/rape on numerous patients
John Rivera, California: Convicted of molesting a woman in public.
Tony Ray Thornton, Texas: Planned Parenthood CEO arrested for indecent exposure.
Ghevont Wartanian, Maryland: Engaged in sexual misconduct.

New York Abortionist Charged with Manslaughter in Late-term Abortion Death

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – A New York abortionist, Robert Rho, 52, has been indicted on one count of second degree manslaughter in the death of one of his patients, 30-year old Jaimie Lee Morales of Buffalo, who died on July 9, 2016, after a severely botched second trimester abortion.

Rho was charged on Tuesday during a court appearance in Queens, and was released on a $400,000 bail bond. He has promised not to engage in the practice of medicine.

Rho’s attorney told news media, which have already given this case national attention, that Rho closed his abortion facility voluntarily after Morales’ death.

Morales went to Rho’s Liberty Women’s Health Care in Flushing on July 9 for an elective second trimester abortion. According to news reports, Rho thought the abortion went without complication until staff noticed she was bleeding heavily in the recovery room. Rho determined that she required a second procedure, but that did nothing to control the bleeding.

Despite being woozy and having collapsed once at the clinic, Rho released Morales to her sister, who put Morales in her car and began the trip to the sister’s home in the Bronx. Along the way Morales fell off the back seat and became non-responsive as the result of heavy hemorrhaging.

Morales was transported by ambulance to a Bronx-area hospital where she was pronounced dead later that evening.

moralesAn autopsy was performed where it was learned that Rho had lacerated her cervix, punctured her uterus and sliced her uterine artery. Any one of those injuries would cause heavy bleeding, but together, they proved catastrophic.

Prosecutors charged Rho, saying he had been “reckless” in failing to provide adequate medical attention in a timely manner.

“From statements news reports, it seems that Robert Rho’s attorney thinks we should just shrug off the death of Jaime Lee Morales as an unexpected abortion complication. But when a mistake by an abortionist takes a mother’s life, we cannot simply take a ‘things happen’ attitude,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Rho didn’t just make a small mistake, he literally butchered her then kicked her to the curb. We have high praise for the prosecutors that had the courage to seek justice.”

Operation Rescue was aware of Rho and his Liberty Women’s Health Care abortion facility, which were listed at AbortionDocs.org, but little was known about them. Rho had been conducting abortions along with female genital reconstruction surgery for 23 years. There is no record of any previous disciplinary action on his New York medical license profile that may have attracted attention.

Morales is the second woman this year known to have died after an abortion. On July 3, Cree Erwin died in her mother’s bed after receiving an early abortion by Laura Castleman at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan. An autopsy is still pending in that case.

She Walked into Planned Parenthood Yesterday, but She Didn’t Walk Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Annapolis, MD – She walked into a Planned Parenthood abortion facility yesterday morning, but she didn’t walk out.

An ambulance was called on the morning of Tuesday, October 4, 2016, for a hemorrhaging patient at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Annapolis, Maryland.

Local pro-life activist Pamela Palumbo provided Operation Rescue with photos and video within minutes of the incident that showed female patient being removed from the abortion facility on a gurney. She was then transported to a nearby hospital.

A radio traffic recording made by Anne Arundel County Police, Fire and EMS was immediately obtained by Operation Rescue.

The recording revealed that units, including an ambulance, were dispatched to Planned Parenthood, located in the Mason Building on West Street in Annapolis at about 11:08 a.m. in response to a hemorrhage.

This is the second documented medical emergency at the Annapolis Planned Parenthood this year. Another woman was transported to the hospital on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. The injuries suffered by that patient are unknown due to heavily redacted 911 records.

On February 19, 2013, the Annapolis Planned Parenthood failed its initial licensing inspection after an inspector documented improper sterilization of surgical instruments in a leaky sterilization machine. The facility was granted a license anyway.

Inspectors did not return to Planned Parenthood for nearly 2½ years. In July, 2015, the facility was found by some stroke of luck to be in compliance with Surgical Abortion Facility requirements.

“I have seen so many pictures of ambulances at abortion clinics that I lost track long ago,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is time for regulators to take their jobs more seriously and protect the public from being injured, maimed, and even killed at American abortion facilities, as we have seen happen all too often. Right now, women are fodder for exploitation and harm by unscrupulous, profit-centered abortion businesses. Enough is enough!”

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Chilling 911 Call: Mom Finds Daughter “Cold as Ice” After Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Battle Creek, MI – Usually an anticipated time of fun-filled family festivities, the Fourth of July was anything but a day of celebration for the family of Cree Erwin. In the early morning hours, Cree’s mother, Tanya, made a gruesome discovery. Her daughter, Cree, lay dead in Tanya’s own bed, cold as ice.

While important questions remain, 911 records just obtained by Operation Rescue, along with a police report provided by long-time Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shed a bit more light on what happened to 24-year old Cree Erwin in her final hours of life as she struggled with complications to an abortion she had less than four days earlier.

The records also reveal a mother’s unspeakable grief at discovering her daughter’s body – gut-wrenching grief that no mother should have to experience – the cruel loss was compounded by the fact that this young lady’s death was avoidable.

The grief in this mother’s voice is reflective of the true toll abortion takes on families, especially when something goes wrong.

“Listening to this 911 call, it becomes clear that we cannot continue to allow abortion to take such a devastating toll on families, communities, and society. The loss of this young lady’s life must not be written off as the cost of ‘choice.’ This price has been paid by far too many families, and we, as a people, cannot afford the bill,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

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It began when Cree reported to a still unknown abortion facility on June 30, 2016, for an abortion. But something obviously went wrong. Cree began to experience intolerable abdominal pain. On the night of July 2, Tanya took her suffering daughter to the emergency room at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. There, Cree was supposedly given pain medication and told to see her family physician the next day. She was discharged just after midnight on the morning of July 3.

Tragically, she didn’t live long enough to get to her own doctor.

Still in severe pain and afraid to go home where there was no one to help her, Cree decided to stay at her mother’s house, which was just blocks away from the hospital. Tanya had Cree sleep in her bed with her in her basement bedroom, but Cree was in so much pain that she crawled into bed crossways and did not want to move any further. When Tanya got up in the morning, she thought Cree was still sleeping.

In the afternoon of July 3, Tanya checked on her on her daughter once again. She appeared to be sleeping but her breathing seemed labored, like someone with sleep apnea.

Officer T.M. Wirebaugh, who responded later to Tanya’s frantic call for help noted in his report that he believed that Cree could have been experiencing agonal breathing.

Recognizing agonal breathing can be difficult, because it resembles normal respiration, according to the website EMSBasics.com. Agonal breathing is short gasps that are inadequate to maintain proper oxygenation and is a sign of severe physiological distress requiring immediate emergency medical treatment. It sometimes accompanies a heart attack and is a sign that death is eminent.

Cree’s mother had no way to know that. With Cree still appearing to be asleep, Tanya let her rest.

Tanya decided to turn in shortly after midnight on July 4, and found her daughter still laying across the bed on her side. She tried to get Cree to move, but she couldn’t get her to wake up. She began “shaking and yelling at” her daughter, trying to rouse her, but nothing worked. She realized Cree wasn’t breathing and was cold to the touch.

Distraught and crying, Tanya phoned 911, which began recording her sounds of grief even before the dispatcher answered the call.

According to the partially-redacted and very emotional 911 recording, a desperate Tanya sobbed, “My daughter is cold…I think she’s dead.”

“What’s going on?” the dispatcher demanded.

“She’s been sick. She was sick –,” the mother cried. While the recording was redacted at that point, the unredacted police report with an attachment from the Battle Creek Fire Department filled in the blanks. [Personal information redacted by Operation Rescue.]

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The Battle Creek Fire Department dispatch narrative read, “According to the female caller, the patient had an abortion a couple of days ago and has been sleeping all day.”

The dispatcher tried to get Tanya to roll Cree over on her back and begin chest compressions, but Tanya could not push Cree onto her back. She began wailing, “She’s too heavy!…I’m trying! I’m trying! I need help!”

The dispatcher continued to ask Tanya to push her daughter over and begin chest compressions, but the wailing mother could only sob, “She’s cold as ice.”

With that, the dispatcher assured the grieving mother that help was on the way. Within moments, paramedics and police arrived. According to the police report, it only took the medics about 15 seconds to determine that Cree Erwin was deceased.

“That 911 call was the most heart-wrenching I have ever heard,” said Newman. “This is what abortion does. The sorrow is deep, it is raw, and it is very, very ugly. No mother should ever have to face the loss of her child, especially when that death was so avoidable and unnecessary. Our prayers continue to go out for the family.”

With their difficult job done, the medics left the scene and police contacted the medical examiner’s office. The police were provided with Medical Examiner Case Number 0704-16-JC-207-CC. A Crime Scene Tech was dispatched to the scene, which he photographed, but no evidence was collected. Later, an autopsy was performed.

The police inquired about several bottles of prescription drugs that were found in the bedroom, which were prescribed to either Tanya or her husband. There was no mention of the pain drugs that were supposedly given Cree Erwin by emergency room staff.

“While drug overdose remains a possibility, the fact that Cree was incapable of even adjusting herself on the bed makes it appear unlikely that she got up and took drugs,” said Newman.

Cree’s one-year old son was left in the custody of Tanya and police advised her to go to court to get legal custody of the boy.

Cree’s grief-stricken family and friends gathered for her funeral ten days later.

Questions that remain to be answered include:

• Where did Cree Erwin obtain her abortion?
• Did she have a surgical abortion or was she given the abortion pill?
• Who was the abortionist responsible for the abortion?
• What was the official cause of death?
• How culpable is the hospital that discharged Erwin, who was just hours from death?
• What was the result of the homicide investigation first reported by a local news station?

Operation Rescue was told last week by the Battle Creek Medical Examiner’s office that neither the autopsy report nor Erwin’s cause and manner of death would be available for 30-60 more days. In the meantime, a death certificate obtained by Lynn Mills notes that her cause of death is pending an investigation.

The nearest abortion facility is the Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, just about a half hour away from Battle Creek. Operation Rescue has confirmed that it conducts both surgical and medication abortions on Thursdays, the day Erwin had her abortion.

Another facility that is an hour and 20 minutes driving time from Battle Creek is the Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor. That facility also conducts surgical and medication abortions on Thursday, Operation Rescue has confirmed.

“While we must wait for more information, it is obvious that if Cree Erwin had not walked into an abortion facility, she would still be alive today. Those responsible should be held accountable by authorities for her senseless death and for the horrific and completely unnecessary heartache it has caused her friends and loved ones,” said Newman. “We have seen so many women die from negligent abortions that we must try to ensure that this kind of tragedy never happens again. But the truth is, these tragedies will continue to happen over and over again as long as abortion is allowed. To stop the heartbreak and loss of innocent life, we must stop the barbaric practice of abortion.”

Read the police report.
View the death certificate.