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

Court Records: Planned Parenthood Attorney Admits Collusion While DA Confesses She Broke the Law

David Daleiden’s attorney vows to “flush out” collusion by putting Planned Parenthood attorney on the stand.

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX — An attorney representing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Josh Schaffer, has admitted that he pressured the Harris County District Attorney’s office to refocus a grand jury investigation away from his client and onto pro-life journalists David Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, of the Center for Medical Progress. Schaeffer also confessed that Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell did an “end around” the State Attorney General Ken Paxton in order to share sealed video evidence with Planned Parenthood.

The grand jury later returned indictments against Daleiden and Merritt. Shaffer stated publicly that he was informed by the District Attorney’s office that no investigation of Planned Parenthood ever took place.

The admissions came in an affidavit filed as an exhibit by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to a brief responding to the defendants’ motion to quash the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt.

After the release last year of undercover videos taken by Daleiden, lead investigator for the Center for Medical Progress, and his associate, Susan Merritt, Paxton ordered Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to launch an investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) was illegally selling aborted baby remains for profit and altering abortion procedures to ensure that marketable organs would be available for sale.

At the “suggestion” of Schaffer, the grand jury never investigated Planned Parenthood, but instead turned its attention to Daleiden and Merritt.

Attorney General Paxton had instructed the Harris County DA’s office not to share evidence with Planned Parenthood – including CMP videos – that was obtained through the grand jury process.

Schaeffer stated in his affidavit that he immediately began to seek the unedited videos taken by the CMP from Assistant Attorney General Sunni Mitchell. Shaffer stated:

As soon as I made contact with HCDAO prosecutors in August of 2015, I began requesting the unedited video footage. Sunni Mitchell, the prosecutor who was leading the HCDAO investigation, said that she was not opposed to giving me that footage. However, she said that the HCDAO did not have any video footage other than what was available on YouTube. I suggested that she request the unedited video footage from the Attorney General’s Office. In time, I learned that she obtained it from that Office. However, I was told that the Attorney General’s Office agreed to give it to the HCDAO on the condition that the HCDAO not give it to PPGC. Mitchell told me that she would try to obtain the footage by other means.

“Schaffer essentially has admitted to collusion with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, then denied that collusion existed,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress. “He obviously thinks his weak attempt at a ‘Jedi mind trick’ will keep him out of trouble. He’s wrong.”

Mitchell eventually obtained the video from Murphy Klasing, one of Daleiden’s attorneys, who mistakenly released the video. Once Klasing realized that the video was under seal in Federal Court, he requested that Mitchell return the footage. Mitchell informed Klasing that she had already given it to PPGC and the National Abortion Federation, who was suing Daleiden in Federal Court.

Mitchell clearly understood that the Attorney General’s Office did not want the video to fall into Planned Parenthood’s hands. By requesting it from another source and supplying it to Planned Parenthood, she knowingly disobeyed the Attorney General’s directive and undermined any attempt to prosecute them in the future.


Planned Parenthood’s attorney also admitted that at first Mitchell told him that she did not know the identity of the woman in the CMP videos that went under the pseudonym of Susan Tannenbaum. Schaffer stated that it was he who supplied Mitchell with Tannenbaum’s true name, Sandra Merritt, which enabled Mitchell to obtain indictments against her as well as Daleiden.

“We have always questioned the ability of Devon Anderson and Sunni Mitchell to conduct unbiased investigations of abortion providers after they allowed Douglas Karpen to go free in 2013,” said Newman. “In Daleiden’s case, it is clear that they were working with Planned Parenthood all along to build a spurious criminal case against pro-life activists in order to protect Planned Parenthood from prosecution. This makes the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt irreparably tainted and they should be dropped immediately.”

Mitchell was tapped by Anderson to lead a 2013 grand jury investigation into allegations brought by Operation Rescue against abortionist Douglas Karpen that he had intentionally murdered infants born alive after failed abortions at his two Houston abortion facilities. Under Mitchell’s direction and despite eyewitness and photographic evidence, the grand jury controversially failed to indict Karpen. Operation Rescue later learned that Karpen was represented by one of Devon Anderson’s closest friends, Chip Lewis, who is also her largest campaign contributor.

In her responding brief opposing the defense motion to quash the tainted indictments, Anderson makes one more startling admission. She acknowledged that her office violated the law when it made public Daleiden and Merritt’s indictments before they were served or placed in custody or under bond.

However, Anderson attempts to downplay the violation as “harmless” and a “technical violation” that is “inconsequential.” She appeals to the court to simply ignore this violation.

“Any time due process is not followed in the course of a criminal prosecution, it is anything but ‘harmless,’” said Newman. “It dangerously erodes the ability of the public to have confidence in the competency and honesty of the prosecutor’s office.”

Operation Rescue has repeatedly reported on evidence that raises suspicions of corruption in the Harris County District Attorney’s office and has called for Devon Anderson’s resignation along with the appointment of a independent special prosecutor to reopen the case against Planned Parenthood.

A hearing on the motion to quash is set for July 26, 2016. At that time, Daleiden’s Houston attorney Jared Woodfill plans to put Planned Parenthood’s Josh Schaffer on the stand.

“The collusion between the DA and Planned Parenthood lawyers will be flushed out during this hearing,” Woodfill told Breitbart Texas. “We will put Planned Parenthood’s lawyer on the stand and will expose the witch hunt that ended up with the indictment of my client but let baby part selling Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast get off scot-free.”

But whether or not Woodfill’s plan succeeds remains to be seen. The judge that will oversee that hearing is District Judge Brock Thomas – Devon Anderson’s former law partner.

“We can only hope and pray that Anderson’s former law partner isn’t as corrupt as she is,” said Newman.

Read the State’s Response to Defendant’s Motion to Quash Indictments


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Houston D.A.’s Heavy-Handed Effort to Silence a Blogger is Damage Control Amid Collusion Allegations


By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – Don Hooper, a Houston insider political blogger, made a startling revelation recently: District Attorney Devon Anderson tried to stop him from speaking to a group of Republican women about the cases her office filed against Center for Medical Progress head David Dalieden and his associate Sandra Merritt. When the group’s leader would not capitulate, Anderson attempted to retaliate.

In a blog posting on Big Jolly Politics, Hooper wrote of Anderson’s attempts to persuade the Daughters of Liberty (DOLs) to cancel his talk:

Devon tried everything she could to cancel my appearance. She threatened the DOLs on county time and offered herself as a replacement speaker claiming that she is the only person who can discuss the Planned Parenthood investigation. The funny thing is that she, as the elected district attorney prosecuting David and Sandra, is someone who is barred from speaking publicly on the facts of this investigation. Read Rule 3.07 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. I knew [DOL head] Bonnie would have a large turnout thanks to Devon’s efforts. She did.

Devon and her surrogates involved Texas Federation of Republican Women President Theresa Kosmoski and attempted to argue that the DOLs could lose their affiliation with TFRW. It was obvious that Devon was scared about what I would say to the DOLs and I could not help but think that something interesting was about to happen with the case.

That was a pretty heavy-handed reaction to Hooper’s scheduled speaking engagement. Why would Anderson, a supposed “pro-life” Republican, be so concerned about what Hooper had to say?

The focus of Hooper’s discussion was to be on irregularities involving the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt, which was under the authority of Judge Mary Lou Keel, a candidate for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.


That name may not sound familiar to most, but for those of us at Operation Rescue, the mention of Judge Keel holds ominous meaning. Keel is the same judge that oversaw the 2013 grand jury that failed to indict late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen for allegedly murdering babies born alive during failed abortions at his two Houston abortion facilities. That case was prompted by a complaint and supporting evidence filed by Operation Rescue.

The “no-bill” against Karpen was suspicious for several reasons, not the least of which was convincing testimony from three eyewitnesses who said they saw Karpen twist the heads or slash the necks of large babies born alive during abortions. The women even had photographic evidence of two corpses to prove it, but Operation Rescue has reason to believe that the incriminating photos never were presented to the grand jury.

Operation Rescue found out later that Karpen’s lawyer was a man named Chip Lewis, who is a close family friend and largest campaign donor of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

Because of the strong evidence against Karpen, and Lewis’ strong ties to Anderson, it seemed apparent to Operation Rescue that corruption was involved.

In retrospect, it appears that Judge Keel may have played a part as well.

Now, fast forward to 2015, and the release of the Center for Medical Progress’ videos that implicated Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and their mega-abortion center in Houston of trafficking in aborted baby body parts. When Attorney General Ken Paxton directed Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to investigate the allegations against Planned Parenthood, Anderson dutifully opened a grand jury investigation.

Anderson’s friend, Chip Lewis, had publicly threatened to make Operation Rescue pay for bringing the murder allegations against his client, Douglas Karpen. Anderson was very aware that Operation Rescue’s president, Troy Newman, sat on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress.

From the beginning, it appears that Anderson sought out a way to divert the investigation away from Planned Parenthood and onto the CMP journalists. Anderson tapped Assistant District Attorney Anshu “Sunni” Mitchell – the same prosecutor that oversaw the dubious Karpen investigation – to oversee the CMP grand jury. With Mitchell and Judge Keel on board, the grand jury returned two indictments against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

As Operation Rescue reported, immediately after the grand jury returned indictments against Daleiden and Merritt, revealing comments were made in the media by Lewis and Planned Parenthood’s attorney, Josh Schaeffer. In fact, Schaffer told the Associated Press that “the grand jury never even voted on possible criminal charges” against Planned Parenthood. Those comments indicated he had intimate knowledge of what were supposed to be secret grand jury proceedings.

Hooper has been engaged in an attempt to find out the identities of the grand jurors, information that is usually public. But in this case, there is little that is usual. Keel has put the grand jurors names under seal to their identities cannot be known.

“How do we know that the President of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was not the foreman of the grand jury?” asked Hooper.

Was the grand jury packed with cronies of Planned Parenthood or those who owed Anderson and Lewis a favor?

Daleiden photo, 4-29-2016-cap

Once Daleiden and Merritt filed motions to quash the indictments against them last month, Hooper began to understand more. In his blog post, Hooper broke down the meaning of “Exhibit C,” which was attached to the motions.

“Exhibit C” was an e-mail chain referencing a confusing cast of characters, including the following:

• Murphy Klasing: an attorney representing David Dalieden the civil suits filed against him by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood that have blocked the release of additional video footage by the Center for Medical Progress.
• Anshu “Sunni” Mitchell: Harris County Assistant District Attorney who handled the Planned Parenthood/Daleiden grand jury. She also handled the 2013 Karpen grand jury that failed to indict.
• Melissa Hervey: another Harris County Assistant District Attorney working on the Planned Parenthood/Daleiden grand jury case.
• Josh Schaffer: Criminal Defense Attorney for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
• Randy Schaffer: Josh Schaffer’s brother and partner in the Houston law practice The Schaffer Firm.
• NAF: The National Abortion Federation, an umbrella group for abortion facilities that sued Daleiden, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, and the CMP to block the release of incriminating videos taken by CMP operatives at their national meetings. (Planned Parenthood later piled on with their own lawsuit filed in the same court.)

Hooper’s article noted that Exhibit C’s e-mail conversation centered on flash drives containing videos that were under seal in the NAF case that had been mistakenly provided to the supposedly secret grand jury. He explained:

In his email, Mr. Klasing tells Ms. Mitchell that “someone from the DA’s office turned over this information [videos] to NAF.” It is important to understand that when David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released the now infamous Planned Parenthood videos, NAF immediately went to the California courts to stop the release of these videos. NAF is a legal organization that defends abortionists. NAF was successful in the California courts in obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which prevented the dissemination of the Planned Parenthood videos.

Ms. Mitchell replied that she would return the flash drives to Mr. Klasing. Then came the kicker from Ms. Mitchell: “Additionally, you will recall that Melissa Hervey had notified you that we were providing copies of what you had given us to both Josh Schaffer and Randy Schaffer; therefore, you will need to contact them to obtain those copies as well.”

This email exchange is important for a number of reasons. First, why was the prosecutor sharing evidence produced by David with Planned Parenthood? On August 5, 2015, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick called for an investigation of Planned Parenthood – not an investigation of David and Sandra. Second, this exchange occurs before David appeared before Keel’s grand jury on January 14. This email exchange makes it clear that David is the target of the grand jury. So, why wasn’t he given a target letter when he appeared before the grand jury, which would have advised him of his legal rights? Third, who shared David’s videos with NAF?

Hooper concluded, “Devon [Anderson] can try to explain away a lot of things, but it is impossible to provide a rational explanation as to why her office gave the videos to Planned Parenthood’s lawyers.”

Daleiden's Motion to Quash 04142016 by Cheryl Sullenger

There was one more exhibit included in Daleiden’s Motion to Quash that Hooper mentioned in his blog, and that was Judge Mary Lou Keel’s extension of the Daleiden/Planned Parenthood grand jury, which was conveniently submitted after the candidate filing deadline for the post of Harris County District Attorney, for which Anderson was seeking re-election. Hooper explains:

The motion to quash held another curious piece of information – the prosecutors drafted the extension order for Mary Lou Keel to sign in December 2015, after the filing deadline. Again, the filing deadline is crucial because I guarantee that Devon Anderson would have been faced with multiple legitimate opponents if the indictments of David and Sandra had been released before the filing deadline. Instead, Devon and her prosecutors had the opportunity to present this investigation to five different grand juries in August and September and five grand juries, including Keel’s, in October – December. Then, beginning in January 2016, five new grand juries were empaneled. So, why was it so imperative that Keel’s grand jury be extended to 2016? So to be real clear, Devon had the option at this point to present this case to 15 different grand juries. She wanted Keel’s real bad and for a reason.

Now, if you have been following my posts about Keel, you would know that I asked her about this extension in her two appearances before the Downtown Pachyderm. I specifically asked her why her grand jury was extended and she said that she “didn’t know.” Let’s think about that. Keel wants to serve on the highest criminal court in our state and she doesn’t know why she extended a grand jury, which is an extraordinary event.
As if all this was not enough to raise serious questions about the integrity of the Harris County District Attorney’s office and the Houston courts where this little drama has played out, there is one more connection to consider.

When Daleiden and Merritt appeared in court for a hearing on April 29, 2016, it was in the courtroom of District Judge Brock Thomas – Devon Anderson’s former law partner.

Now it seems clear why Anderson did not want Hooper to address the DOLs and why she and her “surrogates” threatened to disenfranchise them from the Texas Federation of Republican Women if he was allowed to speak. It appears that Anderson tried everything she could to keep Hooper’s revelations of cronyism and corruption from her electoral base of support. She didn’t want them to hear his conclusions that she misused the power of her office to cover up Planned Parenthood’s crimes so she could chase a vendetta against pro-life activists and assure Planned Parenthood’s support in the upcoming election for herself and Judge Keel.

In the famously understated words of Apollo 13’s James Lovell, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Clearly, the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt should be dropped and a new impartial grand jury should be empaneled with a special independent prosecutor to conduct the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illicit trade in aborted baby remains that the Anderson/Keel grand jury failed to conduct.

It is pretty much assured that the mainstream media won’t touch this account of abortion-related political corruption with a ten-foot coat hanger. It is up to us to spread the word.

Read Big Jolly Politics “Thanks, Devon” by Don Hooper, May 6, 2016.