Disciplinary case could affect heinous third-trimester abortions nationwide

Listen to the actual 911 Call

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal published two major articles on page A-1 of their Sunday Edition discussing the disciplinary case against Shelley Sella that involved a botched third-trimester abortion that resulted in a ruptured uterus in a woman with a history of a previous Cesarean Section. Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger was interviewed for the articles.
“This article will certainly raise awareness of third-trimester abortions and their dangers in the community and around the nation,” said Sullenger. “The more people learn about these horrific abortions in the latest stages of pregnancy, the more public opinion turns against them.”
The case came to light after Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life obtained 911 call recordings placed by Southwestern Women’s Options, the late-term abortion clinic where Sella does abortions though all trimesters. Shaver and Sullenger both filed complaints with the New Mexico Medical Board based on information in the 911 call. The case could impact third trimester abortions nationally and has the possibility of ending these dangerous late-term abortion procedures in outpatient clinics. This could essentially end the practice of third trimester abortion in America.
After an investigation and a two-day disciplinary hearing, the Board’s prosecutor, Daniel Rubin, has recommended that Sella be disciplined for “gross negligence” for violating the standard of care by conducting a high risk labor and delivery in a clinic setting while overusing uterine stimulants without proper supervision. A Decision and Order is expected to be issued by the full Board on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
For your convenience, we have published the ABQ Journal articles in PDF format. Also, we have included our own article “New Docs Reveal Horrific Details of Botched 35-Week Abortion, Gross Negligence in NM Disciplinary Case,” which prompted the stories in the ABQ Journal.
Please join us in praying for a favorable outcome that will hold Sella accountable for her negligence that has left a woman permanently scarred and unable to have babies in the future.

  • Late Term Abortion Debate Turns to ABQ, ABQ Journal, Feb.2, 2013
  • Mom Came Here From NY for Procedure, ABQ Journal, Feb.2, 2013
  • OR’s Special Report: “New Docs Reveal Horrific Details of Botched 35-Week Abortion, Gross Negligence in NM Disciplinary Case”