Curtis Boyd Under Investigation by NM Medical Board in Abortion Patient’s Death

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – A complaint filed by pro-life activist Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico has prompted the New Mexico Board of Medicine to initiate a board complaint in order to further investigate abortionist Curtis Boyd, 80, and his conduct during a late-term abortion complication that left Keisha Atkins, 23, dead on February 7, 2017.

In a letter from the New Mexico Medical Board dated March 2, 2018, Shaver was notified that a review by the Board’s Executive Committee determined that Shaver’s allegations warranted “further formal review to determine whether the licensee [Boyd] is in violation of the Medical Practices Act.”

Because the NMMB does not accept third-party complaints, the Board notified Shaver that it would initiate a board complaint in order to proceed with their investigation.

This abortion-related death is particularly troubling in light of a criminal investigation that is currently underway by the U.S. Department of Justice into Boyd’s Albuquerque late-term abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) and the University of New Mexico (UNM). A U.S. House investigation found that UNM had aggressively worked to increase second and third trimester abortions at SWO, which, in turn, became UNM’s largest provider of aborted baby tissue and organs. The House investigative panel issued criminal referrals of SWO and UNM to the DOJ because it found that the SWO/UNM baby parts arrangement violates state and federal law.

Shaver learned of Atkins’ death in August 2017. She later obtained Adkin’s autopsy report along with a CAD printout of a 911 call placed by SWO on February 7, 2017 – the date of Adkin’s death. In consultation with Operation Rescue, it was found that both documents raised serious questions about the mishandling of Adkin’s medical emergency, and suspicions of an attempted cover-up.

“UNM and Boyd’s abortion business carry a lot of political power in New Mexico. It’s possible that cover up of Atkins’ true cause of death was politically initiated to keep the heat off Boyd who was already the target of a Federal investigation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Atkins was estimated to be in her sixth month of pregnancy or later when she reported to Southwestern Women’s Options on January 31, 2017, to begin a four day late-term abortion procedure that was to be done by the elderly Boyd. Four days later, on February 3, 2017, Atkins returned to SWO for the completion of the abortion where she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.

An ambulance was called to transport Atkins from the abortion facility to UNM Medical Center for emergency treatment, but it was later cancelled. Atkins eventually was transported to UNM Medical Center by unknown means where she died hours later.

The autopsy suspiciously claimed Atkins’ pregnancy was the cause of her death, and that her pregnancy resulted in a fatal “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy.”

However, closer inspection of results within the autopsy report revealed that the patient’s cause of death was more likely attributable to a septic infection caused by repeated insertion and removal of laminaria dilators, along with the fact that she carried her dead baby for four days after Boyd initiated his or her death in the womb on the first day of the abortion procedure. It is also possible that unsanitary conditions or practices contributed to the development of sepsis.

That infection triggered the fatal onset of a clotting disorder called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which resulted in internal organ hemorrhaging and pulmonary thromboembolism.

“We commend Tara Shaver and Abortion Free New Mexico for their diligent work in documenting this abortion patient death and the suspicious circumstances that surrounds it. The fact that the very liberal NMMB is pursuing an investigation into Boyd’s possible violations of the Medical Practice Act validates Shaver’s concerns and ours about his negligent conduct,” said Newman. “Keisha Atkins deserves justice and her family deserves closure. We are cautiously hopeful that this new investigation will accomplish both.”

Read the 3/2/2018 NNMB letter to Shaver.
Read Abortion Free New Mexico’s 3/8/2018 press release.
Read more information about Atkins’ death and her autopsy findings.

International Safe Abortion Day Should be International UNSAFE Abortion Day

By Cheryl Sullenger

Today is International Safe Abortion Day, and to commemorate it, the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute, (Planned Parenthood’s former “research” arm), published a new report today that indicates 45.1% of the 55.7 million abortions conducted annually worldwide are unsafe.

Researchers opined that countries with fewer abortion laws had a higher abortion safety rate.

“Today’s report about abortion safety is pure supposition based on numbers the so-called ‘researchers’ admit are unreliable. It is nothing but a propaganda effort to provide fake data for those seeking to do away with true safety laws that actually save lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “What they propose is dangerous and destructive.”

America has seen what it looks like when there is no accountability or weak enforcement of existing health and safety laws.

It looks like Kermit Gosnell.

At the ramshackle Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gosnell and his unlicensed staff conducted abortions under the most gruesome circumstances up until police raided it in February 2010. The squalid conditions and dangerous practices led one reporter to dub the Gosnell’s abortion facility a “House of Horrors” where late-term babies were born alive and brutally murdered with a pair of scissors to the back of the neck.

Despite two patient deaths and several complaints from doctors who treated women that had contracted sexually transmitted diseases from the unsterilized surgical instruments, the Pennsylvania Department of Health turned a blind eye that allowed Gosnell and his crew of quack abortionists to commit unspeakably inhumane acts.

Abortion without accountability also looks like Keisha Atkins, Jaimie Lee Morales, Cree Erwin, Lakisha Wilson, Jennifer Morbelli, Maria Santiago, Tonya Reaves, Alexandria Nunez, Ying Chen, Karnamaya Mongar, and Laura Hope Smith, and unknown numbers of other women who visited abortion facilities in the U.S. – supposedly one of the safest places for abortions according to the propagandists at the WHO and Guttmacher Institute – but died as a result of their “safe abortions” within the past ten years. [Learn more about what happened to these women.]

It looks like the grief of a mother in her heart-wrenching 911 call after she found her daughter dead just two days after a “safe and legal” abortion at Planned Parenthood in Michigan.

Abortion without accountability looks like hundreds of ambulances that pull up to American abortion facilities to transport women suffering life-threatening abortion complications. It looks like 911 calls for help – some frantic and come cold-hearted – by facilities with no emergency arrangement except to dump women on Emergency Rooms, which do not maintain an ObGyn on staff to handle such emergencies. (And those are the lucky ones. Others have been butchered then discharged, forcing women to find their own way to a hospital, or stuffed in the backs of private vehicles and kicked to the curb at the emergency room entrance.)

Abortion without laws to regulate it looks like the reams of failed inspection reports that have crossed our desks at Operation Rescue from abortion facilities where staff isn’t adequately trained, few understand how to properly sterilize surgical equipment, and where abortionists question why they have to wash their hands.

Tragically, supposedly “safe and legal” abortion looks like the mutilated bodies of an estimated 60 million babies since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized child-killing in the U.S. These babies have been treated in death nearly as inhumanely as they were in life where they have been dumped like garbage, flushed down the sewer, or sold for profit like a slab of meat at the market.

In our experience at Operation Rescue, there is no such thing as a “safe” abortion. Certainly, it is (almost) always fatal for the baby in the womb, and it is fraught with hazards for the mothers who get them.

A safe abortion is one that never takes place, where women find life-affirming ways to cope with their challenges, and where the world wakes up and rejects the fake news and propaganda of the left that seems to revel in the death of every baby that is aborted.

Until then, every day is International UNSAFE Abortion Day.

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Looking Deeper: Analysis of Facts Proves Woman Died from Abortion — Not Pregnancy

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Tara Shaver opened the mysterious letter that arrived in the mail. She could hardly believe what she was reading.

It was an anonymous tip that informed her a woman named Keisha Atkins had died from a late-term abortion on February 4, 2017.

Shaver and her husband, Bud, who lead Abortion Free New Mexico, have spent years laboring in the pro-life trenches in Albuquerque exposing the largest late-term abortion facility in the United States, Southwestern Women’s Options, and its connections to the publicly-funded University of New Mexico.

Due to their experience and training, once serving as interns for Operation Rescue, they immediately jumped into action. They filed a public records request for Atkins’ autopsy and established a valuable line of communications with her family. They discovered that Atkins’ abortion had been done at Southwestern Women’s Options, which made perfect sense since it alone in New Mexico specializes in late-term abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

They consulted with Operation Rescue over the meaning of the autopsy report. Such reports are written in technical medical jargon that is sometimes difficult for anyone without a medical background to decode. However, this correspondent has been reading autopsies concerning abortion-related deaths for decades.

It did not take long to realize that as everything was not as it seemed.

At first glance, the cause and manner of death of this initially healthy 23-year old woman was made it appear that abortion was not even a factor in Atkins’s death. The cause of death was “Pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy.” Her manner of death was natural.

In other words, the autopsy findings that a blood clot formed as a result of her healthy pregnancy and coincidentally at the moment of the abortion, it traveled to her lungs and killed her.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Once Operation Rescue and Abortion Free New Mexico announced Atkin’s death and released the public autopsy report, the Albuquerque Journal jumped all over it, declaring in their headlines, “Autopsy rules out abortion as cause of death.”

The newspaper cited the opinion of the UNM Office of the Medical Investigator that it was Atkins’ pregnancy that killed her, not the four-day late-term abortion process that Operation Rescue believes was mismanaged her eighty-year old abortionist, Curtis Boyd, and fumbled by UNM hospital where she died.

But as William Shakespeare once said, “Truth will out.”

No matter how much UNM may have tried to obfuscate what happened to Keisha Atkins, the truth seeps through in the pages of the autopsy report in descriptions of her physical condition and the complications she experienced in what must have been an excruciatingly panic-filled and painful death.

“Somehow, these people want us to believe that Atkins developed blood clots as a result of her pregnancy, and through no one’s fault, a blood clot just coincidentally moved to her lung and killed her in the middle of a late-term abortion, which, of course, played no part in her death,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “That’s ludicrous in light of the rest of the autopsy report findings.”

Here is what happened to Keisha Atkins, according to the autopsy report, information provided by her family, and documented information obtained through research by Operation Rescue.

Atkins reported to Southwestern Women’s Options, the nation’s largest late-term abortion facility, on January 31, 2017, to begin a four-day late-term abortion. She was at least six months pregnant, and may have been even farther along according to the tipster that contacted Tara Shaver.

Sometime during the ensuing days, something went wrong and Atkins developed a bacterial infection.

Possible sources for such infections during late-term abortions include:

• Complications from the repeated insertion and removal of laminaria cervical dilators;
• The fact that the baby in the womb is killed on Day 1 of the procedure and the woman must carry her dead fetus for days before completing the abortion;
• Unsanitary conditions and/or practices by abortion facility staff.

On February 3, four days after her abortion process began, Adkins reported to Southwestern Women’s Options for the completion of her abortion. She was showing signs of a dangerous, systemic infection known as sepsis. She also displayed difficulty breathing as she was being prepared for labor. (Read more about how late-term abortions are done.)

Because of the seriousness of her condition, an ambulance was called at 12:04 p.m., but was later cancelled by the clinic, according to a 911 Computer Aided Dispatch transcript obtained by Operation Rescue. At some later point in the day, Atkins was transported by unknown means to UNM Hospital.

Once at the hospital, Atkins was tested for blood clots with negative results. The autopsy report made an effort to explain the rare false-negative test with one statistic that shows false negatives occur in as high as 10.7% of cases. (In other words, no one was at fault.)

Atkins continued to suffer shortness of breath and below base-line oxygen levels despite supplemental oxygen. She also experienced abdominal cramping pain, an elevated heart rate, and reduced ventricular function in her heart.

Additional tests of her placental tissue showed the presence of a bacterial infection. Post-mortem tests of her uterus also showed evidence of the infection.

Why is this significant to understanding the truth behind Atkins’ death?

Bacterial infections are a known trigger for a life-threatening condition called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC).

DIC is a clotting disorder that begins with the rapid formation of small blood clots that block small blood vessels. As the clotting becomes more aggressive, it essentially strips the rest of the blood supply of the clotting factor. This typically results in hemorrhaging of the body cavity and various organs, including the brain.

In addition to bacterial infections, other causes of DIC can include retention of a dead fetus and surgery – both of which were documented in Atkins’ autopsy report.

Supposedly operating under a false-negative test for blood clots, UNM Hospital staff conducted a surgical Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion to remove the dead baby.

During the D&E procedure, Atkins suffered a fatal heart attack due to a blood clot in her lungs. Resuscitation efforts were so aggressive that her ribs were broken, yet they proved unsuccessful.

She also received “multiple blood product transfusions,” – a standard treatment for DIC – but to no avail.

Atkins was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. on February 4, 2017.

Atkins’ autopsy revealed “acute coagulopathy” as well as hemorrhaging in the brain, left adrenal gland, inside the abdominal cavity, and from the uterus. She also had a massive build-up of serous fluid around her lungs.

How do we know she hemorrhaged from the uterus when that is not specifically mentioned in the report? There was a curious notation in the initial description of Atkins’s body that stood out.

A Foley catheter was present that led through the cervix and into the uterus. A Foley catheter balloon is used to tamponade the inside of the uterus to stop heavy bleeding. (Such a procedure is described on page 24 of this unrelated medical board document.)

The UNM coroner’s determination that Atkins died from “Pulminary thromboembolism due to pregnancy” is suspect, at best.

These are a few of the symptoms described or strongly inferred in Atkins’ autopsy report that the coroner’s opinion does not account for:

• Uterine hemorrhaging;
• Hemorrhaging in the brain;
• Hemorrhaging adrenal gland with blood found in the abdominal cavity;
• A large amount of serous fluid found around the lungs, (over 40 ounces);
• Bruising of the extremities (another symptom of DIC).

The UNM cause of death also does not account for the multiple transfusions of blood products she was given at the UNM hospital.

These symptoms do not make sense in light of a random blood clot in the lungs. However, they do make sense in light of the clotting and hemorrhaging that exemplifies DIC.

It more likely that during Atkins’ four-day abortion process — during which she retained the body of her dead baby — a bacterial infection turned septic and initiated a fatal cascade of symptoms associated with Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation.

It is Operation Rescue’s opinion, based the facts found in the autopsy report, that the UNM cause of death determination is simply not the truth.

The abortion facilities involved in patient deaths first try to conceal the fact that a patient died. If that doesn’t work, the abortion businesses immediately attempt to deny any culpability for their patient’s death.

What is the easiest way to do that? Whitewash the truth by blaming the woman and/or her pregnancy.

The leftist mainstream media is usually a willing co-conspirator in the cover up, and the response to the Atkins death was no exception.

Once Operation Rescue and Abortion Free New Mexico announced Atkin’s death and released the autopsy report – a public record — the Albuquerque Journal jumped all over it, declaring in their headlines, “Autopsy rules out abortion as cause of death.”

The newspaper cited the opinion of the UNM Office of the Medical Investigator that it was Atkins’ pregnancy that killed her, not the four-day late-term abortion process that Operation Rescue believes was mismanaged her eighty-year old abortionist, Curtis Boyd, and fumbled by UNM hospital where she died.

UNM’s own autopsy report described in detail compelling evidence that it was complications from the abortion process that killed Keisha Atkins – not her pregnancy.

There can be no doubt that if Keisha Atkins had not endured the process of a four-day late-term abortion, she would be alive today.

So why the attempt to obfuscate the true cause of death?

UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options are partners in the trade in aborted baby remains. SWO is the sole supplier of aborted baby tissue and organs to UNM. Both are under criminal investigation by the Attorney General’s office based on a complaint filed by Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico and criminal referrals issued by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.

This gives them UNM and SWO motive to nefariously ascribe the death of Keisha Atkins to her pregnancy in order to prevent another abortion-related scandal in the middle of a criminal investigation into their alleged participation in the illegal baby body parts trade.

This may also be why there was no notation of the weight of the dismembered remains of Atkins’ baby in the autopsy report. While the baby’s remains were present during the autopsy, revealing the weight might also reveal the truth about how far along Atkins’ pregnancy really was.

On a side note, some have expressed misplaced concern that the autopsy report was made public, and that its release may have compromised Atkins’ privacy, or more absurdly, her legal rights as a dead person. In reality, there is no legal issue with making a public document available to the public.

In fact, its release is actually a public service. The people have a right to know what is going on at SWO and UNM, especially because they are both recipients of public funds. They have a right to know that not everything is as it appears in the left-wing Albuquerque Journal.

When abortion is involved, concealing the truth that seeps through in these public documents only serves to aid the abortionists and their associates, who are desperately trying to defuse any controversy around Atkins death.

Tara Shaver’s anonymous tipster apparently had a sense that something was very wrong in the way Keisha Atkins’ death occurred and how it was handled after the fact. And that person’s instincts were right.

If this information can prevent others from suffer Atkins’ fate, it is morally imperative to make sure the public – as well as the authorities investigating UNM and SWO — knows about it.

Operation Rescue urges the New Mexico Medical Board and the Attorney General’s office to aggressively investigate Keisha Atkins’ death, and bring those responsible for it and its cover-up to justice.

Read Atkins’ Autopsy Report

Woman DEAD from Abortion at Late-Term Facility Currently Under Criminal Investigation

(By Cheryl Sullenger)

Albuquerque, NM – A woman has died as the result of a late-term abortion process initiated at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is the largest abortion facility in the U.S. that openly specializes in abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Abortion Free New Mexico obtained the autopsy report for Keisha Marie Atkins, 23, who died on February 4, 2017, after being transported from SWO to UNM Hospital. Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico has also been in communication with members of Atkins’ family.

Operation Rescue is assisting Abortion Free New Mexico with an investigation of this tragedy.

This abortion-related death is particularly troubling in light of a criminal investigation that is currently underway by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office into Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM. UNM has aggressively worked to increase second and third trimester abortions at SWO, which, in turn, is UNM’s largest provider of aborted baby tissue and organs. A U.S. House investigation found this arrangement violates state and federal law, despite stonewalling and obfuscation on the part of UNM and SWO.

Atkins reported to SWO on January 31, 2017, for a four day late-term abortion procedure that was to be done by eighty-year old abortion facility owner Curtis Boyd. It is believed that Atkins was six months pregnant or more.

Four days later, on February 3, 2017, Atkins returned to SWO for the completion of the abortion where she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.

At 12:04 p.m. on February 3, an ambulance was called to transport Atkins to the hospital, but was later cancelled, raising questions of how and when Atkins actually received emergency medical help.

Once at the UNM Medical Center, Atkins’ condition deteriorated rapidly, prompting UNM staff to perform an emergency D&E abortion procedure to remove her baby through dismemberment.

During the procedure, Atkins suffered cardiac arrest. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. on February 4, 2017.

An autopsy was conducted at the UNM Health Sciences Center by the UNM Office of the Medical Investigator, which also serves as the Bernadillo County Coroner. The OMI determined that Atkins cause of death was “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy,” in other words, blood clots in the lungs.

However, a careful review of the autopsy findings indicates that this cause of death is a whitewash meant to blame Atkins’ pregnancy for her death instead of what appears to be a mismanaged late-term abortion procedure.

“UNM is a biased promoter of abortion that is attempting to shift blame onto Atkins’ pregnancy, instead of the abortion, where the blame rightfully belongs,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Keisha Atkins and her family deserve the truth, not a cover-up. But with UNM and SWO, covering up their misdeeds has become standard operating procedure.”

There is evidence that Atkins suffered from sepsis, a bacterial infection caused by the four-day abortion process, which brought about symptoms consistent with Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). Atkins suffered hemorrhaging in her brain and left adrenal gland, a buildup of fluid around her lungs, and other symptoms of DIC that the autopsy ignored.

Pro-life leaders believe there is a way to keep other women from suffering Atkins’ fate.

“We call on the New Mexico Attorney General to step up their criminal investigation, and we call on the State Medical Board to take a hard, honest look at Keisha Atkins’ death,” Newman said. “Curtis Boyd should be stopped from practicing, and the dangerous Southwestern Women’s Options should be shut down for good.”

“Coverups are as heinous as the crimes, and the crimes of the abortion cartel in New Mexico have been covered up for too many years. It is time for Hector Balderas to do his job or resign. It is time for the UNM Regents to do their jobs or resign. It is time for the New Mexico Medical Board to fully investigate Keisha’s death without bias,” said Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, The Protest Priest.

“We join the family of Keisha Atkins as they grieve her death from serious complications during a late term abortion at Southwestern Women’s Options. She was a 23-year old vibrant woman with her whole life ahead of her that was tragically cut short,” stated Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico. “For years we have worked to expose the barbaric nature of late term abortion in New Mexico and sought to bring accountability to the unregulated and unaccountable Abortion Cartel. Now more than ever, we need leadership in our city and state to take a bold stand and the necessary steps to prevent the needless deaths of women and their children through late term abortion.”

View the autopsy report.