A 23-year-old woman died after complications during a late term abortion at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) clinic in New Mexico, an autopsy report revealed.
Keisha Marie Atkins had gone to the clinic for an abortion when she was at least six months pregnant, and died at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital where she was transferred after the procedure according to Lifesite News. Atkins’ autopsy — obtained by Abortion-Free New Mexico — says that she was “short of breath, and her oxygen saturation dropped below her baseline,” and that there were blood clots in her lungs.
After realizing that she was undergoing complications, doctors took her immediately “to the operating room to complete the abortion procedure,” according to the report.
“During the operation, she sustained a cardiac arrest,” the autopsy report continues. “Extensive resuscitation efforts were ultimately unsuccessful … She likely did have an infection from the abortion process.” Her official cause of death was blood in the lungs while having an abortion.
Operation Rescue reported that it was unsure how Atkins made it to the hospital, because records show that the SWO clinic canceled the ambulance it had ordered to take her to the UNM hospital.
“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,” Tara Shaver of Abortion-Free New Mexico said in a statement Wednesday. “She was a 23-year old vibrant woman with her whole life ahead of her that was tragically cut short.”
She noted that Abortion-Free New Mexico has been working to “expose the barbaric nature of late term abortion in New Mexico and sought to bring accountability to the unregulated and unaccountable” actions of the clinic which specializes in late-term abortions.
Criminal referrals have been issued for the abortion clinic and New Mexico hospital by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is also investigating both the clinic and hospital for fetal tissue trafficking.
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