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.]

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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

Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Sends 3rd Patient this Year to the Emergency Room

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – For the third time in the opening weeks of 2017, a patient has been transported via ambulance to a nearby emergency room from Planned Parenthood’s flagship New York abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Center.

Photos provided to Operation Rescue by a pro-life activist who witnessed the incident on Friday, March 3, 2017, show paramedics entering the Planned Parenthood building with a hand-held portable stretcher, instead of a standard rolling gurney. They emerged five minutes later with a woman slumped in a wheelchair apparently provided by Planned Parenthood.

The pro-life witness, who wishes to remain unidentified, gave the following written account of what she saw:

An ambulance arrived at Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood (26 Bleecker Street, NYC) today, March 3, at 11:54 a.m. The medics went in with a chair, but they came back with a woman in a Planned Parenthood wheelchair at 11:59 a.m. She was bent over nearly double as she got into the ambulance. The ambulance drove off nearly 20 minutes later at 12:18 p.m.

This account raises several questions concerning patient safety at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Gurney Access?

First is the question of gurney access. This is the second documented incident where a patient of Planned Parenthood was brought to the ambulance in a wheelchair. A lack of gurney access delays emergency care for patients.

For example, in 2009 at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion facility in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, paramedics had difficulty extracting Karnamaya Monger from the building due to the narrow halls and doorways. This delayed Mongar’s arrival at the hospital and is believed to have contributed to her death.

While other patients have been seen on gurneys at the Planned Parenthood high-rise, it is possible that they were placed on one once the patient had been moved to the street-level lobby.

Time Lapse Prior to Transport

The length of time it took paramedics to stabilize the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood patient is also alarming. Once the woman was finally in the ambulance, paramedics took 20 minutes to treat her before rushing her to the hospital for additional care. This makes it likely that her injuries were severe and not treatable inside the Planned Parenthood center.

This is similar to an 2013 Ohio incident in which Lakisha Wilson suffered cardiopulminary arrest after a second trimester abortion. Even though he had not been breathing for some time, paramedics could not lay her flat to intubate her due to a cramped elevator. Once Wilson was finally inside the ambulance, paramedics intubated her prior to transporting her to the hospital where she later died.

Increased Frequency of Emergencies

Another concern is the increased frequency with which medical emergencies are occurring at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood. In 2016, there were two documented ambulance transports that took place on March 1, and November 4.

However, in 2017, there have been three such incidents in just eight weeks. In addition to the March 3 event, there were emergency ambulance transports from this same Planned Parenthood facility on January 18 and February 4.

The increased frequency of patient hospitalizations is troubling since it represents a deterioration in patient safety.

“We have to wonder what is happening at the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion center that is increasingly endangering the lives of women. But since this is happening in the pro-abortion state of New York, our efforts to find out more have been thwarted at every turn,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “If an abortion facility can’t keep their patients out of the emergency room, they shouldn’t be operating.”

To date nationwide, there have been a total of 21 documented Planned Parenthood patients that have required emergency transport directly from Planned Parenthood abortion centers around the country since January 2016.

“We only can document what pro-life activists report to us, and that is just a fraction of the abortion injuries that are occurring,” said Newman. “But from what we can see, Planned Parenthood is endangering women in increasing numbers. This shows an urgent need to defund, investigate, and prosecute Planned Parenthood.”

Suffering Abortion Patient Transported by Ambulance from Planned Parenthood’s NYC Margaret Sanger Center

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – As the 44th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion approached, Planned Parenthood provided us with a cautionary tale — one it hoped would never become public.

While Planned Parenthood prepared to celebrate “safe, legal” abortion, one of their own abortion patients was transported by ambulance from Planned Parenthood’s flagship Margaret Sanger Center abortion facility in New York City. The incident took place on January 18, 2017, at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Just two hours before, a pro-life activist spoke with the patient’s husband, who confirmed that the woman was at the Planned Parenthood facility for an abortion.

The woman was removed from the abortion facility on a gurney and wheeled to the ambulance, passing under a large pink banner that ironically read “Healthcare happens.”

“Healthcare really doesn’t happen at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. There’s no way anyone can seriously consider dismembering an innocent child in the womb to be ‘healthcare,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “In fact, Planned Parenthood is also responsible for injuring and killing women during botched abortions that their often sub-standard abortion centers. That’s not rhetoric. That’s fact and we have volumes of documentation to prove it. Abortion was never safe, and it still isn’t.”

The Planned Parenthood abortion patient was lying on her side in the fetal position on the gurney. One witness who photographed the incident told Operation Rescue that the woman appeared to be in a great deal of pain.

Pro-life activists on the scene were able to get contact information for further assistance into the hands of the husband before his wife was rushed to the hospital.

Operation Rescue confirmed through publicly available radio communications that an ambulance was dispatched to Planned Parenthood’s Bleecker Street address on Margaret Sanger Square at 11:20 a.m. No other information was available on the patient’s condition.

This represents the fifth documented medical emergency at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood. On November 4, 2016, an African-American woman was brought out of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in a wheelchair, placed on a gurney, and transported by ambulance. A similar incidents took place on March 1, 2016; October 14, 2015; and May 4, 2013.

“As the nation marks the 44th memorial of Roe v. Wade with pro-life marches around the country, we can see that the need to defund Planned Parenthood is more urgent than ever,” said Newman. “If Planned Parenthood wants to continue the business of aborting babies and maiming women, it shouldn’t do it with our tax money, which can be better spent on providing real healthcare to women.”

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