A woman died along with her unborn baby after having an abortion last week in Cantabria, Spain, according to The Local.
Spanish health officials said they are trying to determine the exact cause of the 32-year-old woman’s death. She is not named in the report.
The woman had the abortion at the Los Lagos Clinic in Santa Cruz de Bezana, and she was before the 14-week legal abortion limit, according to the report.
Here’s more from the report:
“The patient came to have a voluntary termination of her pregnancy, and everything was going well, there were no complications in surgery or with the anaesthetic,” said clinic medical director Sergio Muñoz.
“But when she was in the recovery room, she stopped breathing.”
The clinic called an ambulance for the woman and medical staff tried to resuscitate her, initially successfully before she stopped breathing again and ultimately died.
Head of the Cantabria Health Service (SCS) Julián Pérez Gil said that “health risks, as small as they are, are present in all procedures”.
Now an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
“It will be the forensic report that clarifies if what happened happens to a patient’s own health problem or in fact there has been malpractice,” a health services spokesperson told local news outlet El Diario Montañés.
Abortion activists claim that an abortion is a very safe medical procedure, but there is very little data about the number of women who die as a result of abortions.
In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control reported more than 400 women have died from legal abortions since 1973 in the United States. However, the CDC also reports that its data is not complete because states submit their abortion statistics voluntarily. Three states do not report any abortion data to the CDC, and others provide only limited data.
During the Evangelicals for Life conference in 2016, Dr. Freda Bush, a clinical instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a board member of American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns, pointed out another problem with reported complications and deaths from abortion. Women experiencing abortion complications after they leave the abortion clinic often go to the emergency room by themselves, and many are too ashamed to say that they were having an abortion, making complications and deaths more difficult to track, she said.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported several women’s deaths due to botched abortions. An autopsy report obtained this month revealed that a young woman named Cree Erwin died after her uterus was perforated last year at a Planned Parenthood in Michigan, according to Operation Rescue.
In 2015, a pro-life group in California learned that a woman reportedly died after a botched abortion in San Diego. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died after a botched abortion at an Ohio facility; and 22-year-old Tonya Reaves bled to death after a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic botched her abortion in 2012. These are just a few tragic cases that pro-lifers have discovered.