Pro-Life Group Upset Abortion Business Dismisses Woman’s Abortion Death
by Steven Ertelt
January 29, 2010
Queens, NY (LifeNews.com) — A botched legal abortion killed a Hispanic woman earlier this week at a shoddy abortion center in Queens, New York. In an interview with a local newspaper, staff at the abortion center were dismissive of the woman’s death, prompting outrage from a pro-life group that monitors abortion facilities.
As LifeNews.com has reported, 37-year-old Alexandra Nuñez was killed after a botched abortion claimed her life at the A-1 Women’s Care abortion center located in Jackson Heights.
Despite the abortion death, staff at the abortion center, who did not return a LifeNews.com phone call seeking comment, told the new York Daily News that everything went properly during the abortion procedure and that they are still booking women for abortions.
"The patient was transferred to the hospital, she didn’t die at the clinic," a woman from the clinic told the newspaper. "Nothing happened here."
That has Operation Rescue president Troy Newman beside himself.
"Nothing happened there — except fatal injuries during a botched abortion which cost a woman her life," Newman told LifeNews.com.
"It is so typical of abortion clinics to hide the truth, but this time, the truth is out. The clinic is under investigation, and we will be forwarding information about this tragedy to the New York State Medical Board and demand disciplinary action against the abortionist," he said.
Newman indicated A-1 Women’s Center is located in a run-down building in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood of Jackson Heights and that it was only recently licensed in July of last year to do surgical procedures that required anesthesia.
He says it is operated by abortion practitioner Salomon Epstein, who has a long history of being protested by pro-life groups.
"We urge anyone working at A-1 Women’s Center to come forward and tell what they know in the interest of protecting other women from suffering Ms. Nunez’s fate," he said.
In the botched abortion, emergency officials responded to an emergency call from the A1 Medicine facility at 95-45 Roosevelt.
There, they found Alexandra Nuñez bleeding very heavily following an abortion procedure and she was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center where she was later pronounced dead.
No charges have been filed yet in connection with Nunez’s death.
"There is an investigation going forward," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said according to the newspaper, "but as of yet, there’s no indication of any criminality."
The news of Nunez’s death stunned her family because she told them she was headed to a medical center in Newark, New Jersey to have a cyst removed — apparently not wanting them to know she was headed to an abortion clinic.
"I’m upset because I never got a chance to say goodbye," sister Daisy Davila, 19, told the News. "She didn’t want anyone to go with her. I made dinner and lunch [yesterday] hoping she would come back."
"We’re not angry. We just want to know what happened," said Davila, who told the newspaper her mother did not believe in abortion. "She was a strong woman, always happy. I looked up to her."
The New York state department of health lists A1 Medicine as a facility for plastic surgery accredited by The Joint Commission on July 13, 2009.
Other media reports indicate the second-floor office specializes in plastic surgery, laser wrinkle surgery, skin depigmentation and liposuction but does abortions as well.
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