Protesters gather at Planned Parenthood, claim woman's death connected to abortion

Protests held over abortion

KALAMAZOO, MICH. - A Right to Life group is accusing a West Michigan abortion clinic of causing the death of a woman. Several people gathered to protest at the facility Friday in Kalamazoo.

Citizens for a Pro-Life Society said Cree Erwin, 24 and of Battle Creek, was found dead July 4, 2016  just days after she received an abortion from Planned Parenthood.  "We want the truth behind the abortion", said Lynn Mills, Pro-Life Activist. 

An autopsy report attributes her death to the following:
  • 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
  • a contributing factor to death includes methadone use
The autopsy report from the Calhoun County Medical Examiner's office was heavily redacted, so it's hard to read with missing information.  It doesn't say where the abortion took place, but a prescription for Cree shows she was given pain meds from a Planned Parenthood doctor on June 30th. 
 
"We know she died as a result of coming to this place for a surgical abortion. We'd like to put pressure on the M.E. to release all facts related to the autopsy report," Mills said.

Deaths related to abortions are not common as of the most recent available statistics, which date back to 2008, the Centers for Disease Control cites 12 deaths caused by the operation

The CDC also provides the following statistics for deaths attributed to live births for the years 2011-13:

  • 12.1 deaths per 100,000 live births for white women.
  • 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births for black women.
  • 16.4 deaths per 100,000 live births for women of other races.

Ruth Lednicer, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Michigan, issued the following statement:

"We were saddened to learn of the death of Ms. Erwin and we extend our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. Planned Parenthood safeguards patient privacy, and medical privacy laws prevent us from publicly discussing any patient information or confirming whether or not someone has been our patient. Patient health and safety is always our top priority and our thoughts are with those who are suffering from this loss."

We also contacted the Office of Licensing and Registration Affairs of Michigan who said there have been no substantiated complaints on the Planned Parenthood location in Kalamazoo. 

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