By Cheryl Sullenger
Columbus, OH — The State Medical Board of Ohio has stunned pro-life supporters by dropping all complaints related to the death of abortion patient Lakisha Wilson.
Those who filed complaints seeking an investigation into Wilson’s death at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility, have received form letters in the past week stating, “After a thorough review of the allegations, your complaint has been closed.”
“That’s just not good enough,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “A healthy woman walked into that abortion facility and was wheeled out dead. Someone needs to be held accountable for that so it doesn’t happen to someone else.”
Wilson, 22, received a late-term abortion at Preterm on March 21, 2014. Sometime after the abortion, Wilson stopped breathing, according to 911 records, and was transported to Case University Medical Center, where she was placed on life support and pronounced dead on March 28.
Physicians who evaluated the autopsy report for Operation Rescue, said it shows evidence that Wilson was not properly monitored after her abortion, a lapse that may have prevented her from receiving emergency care in time to save her life.
Preterm abortionist Lisa Perriera was seen the morning of Wilson’s abortion having been involved in a “fender-bender” accident in the parking lot. She appeared shaken when she arrived for work.
Also on duty at Preterm that morning was abortionist Mohammed Rezaee. Witnesses at the scene saw Rezaee leave Preterm and follow the ambulance to the hospital.
Yet, complaints against Preterm and the two abortionists were all dismissed by the Ohio Medical Board.
Preterm has a pattern of sending abortion patients to hospital emergency rooms for care that the abortion facility is not equipped to provide. At least three women have suffered life-threatening medical emergencies at Preterm since 2010.
“We don’t know how many women have been seriously injured at Preterm. If the patients were transferred to the hospital when there was no pro-life presence, we would have no way of knowing about them,” said Newman. “Camera-carrying pro-life activists who document such incidents outside abortion facilities do a huge service in exposing dangerous practices. They act as the eyes and ears for the rest of us.”
In addition, Preterm participates in the Ryan Residency Abortion Training Program. That program is funded by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, which is managed by the family of billionaire Warren Buffett.
This connection raises concerns that there may be an attempt to cover up the third-world-style abortion practices are being taught to hospital residents at Preterm, which targets primarily urban women of color.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Health still continues their investigation. ODH inspectors were at Preterm on April 2, 2014, when a coalition of state and national pro-life leaders held a press conference outside the abortion facility to demand justice for Wilson, whose untimely death left her young son
Efforts to obtain the report from that day’s inspection have been denied citing that it is part of an ongoing investigation.
“We are concerned that politics may be influencing this case,” said Newman. “We have a hospital with ties to the Buffett Foundation and a major hospital that carries a lot of influence. We have to depend on the authorities to be completely unbiased, yet time and again we have seen political pressure derail similar investigation into abortion deaths in other states.”
Newman referred primarily to a Kansas complaint that prompted investigation into the late-term abortion death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in 2005, which was closed by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts before Gilbert’s autopsy was even completed. Operation Rescue obtained evidence that Sebelius had intervened on behalf of abortionist George Tiller, a major contributor to Sebelius political campaigns.
“We need the public to let the Ohio Department of Health know that people are watching this case. Public pressure is a way to hold them accountable to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation,” said Newman. “It would be all too easy for them to disregard the death of a poor urban black woman with no political influence in favor of protecting those affiliated with such powerful institutions as University Hospital and the Buffett Foundation. If that is what is really going on here, it is a travesty of justice that leaves other women at risk of suffering the same fate as Lakisha Wilson. We simply cannot allow this case to be swept under the rug.”
Please contact the Ohio Department of Health and demand that those responsible for the death of Lakisha Wilson be brought to justice.
Ohio Department of Health
Richard Hodges, Director
Phone: (614) 466-3543