Botched Abortions Prompt Investigation of Three Abortionists

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 9, 2011   |   3:51PM   |   Washington, DC

A series of botched abortions in New Mexico have prompted state officials there to launch investigations into three late-term abortion practitioners exposed by the national pro-life organization Operation Rescue.

As reported, OR obtained the audio of a handful of 911 calls showing women victimized by failed abortions at an abortion center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The series of calls were made over a recent 15-month period from Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion clinic in Albuquerque that it says is presiding over abortions that are clearly dangerous for women.

UNM Hospital, which operates its own abortion business, the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, was the subject of another botched abortion that necessitated a phone call to 911. In that disturbing 911 recording, the patient can be heard groaning and struggling for life.

Now, the pro-life group tells LifeNews it has been notified by the New Mexico Board of Physicians that three Albuquerque abortion practitioners are under investigation. Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson, late-term abortion practitioners who formerly worked for the nation’s largest late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, prior to its closure in 2009 are two of the three facing probes. Texas-based abortion practitioner Curtis Boyd, who owns Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, where the 911 calls originated is the third.

“When this late-term clinic opened, we predicted that women would be injured, and now that prediction has unfortunately come true,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is shocking that four women in less than 15 months nearly died from life-threatening complications to abortions, some of them in the later stages of pregnancy.  These 911 calls prove that this clinic is a dangerous abortion mill that should be closed in the interest of public safety.”

One of the calls reveals a botched first trimester abortion procedure that required emergency medical intervention.

The patient was a 30-year old woman who suffered “uterine bleeding”, a sign of a possible punctured womb, which is a life-threatening abortion complication. The call was placed on November 3, 2010, at 12:42 PM.

Some of the calls show life-threatening situation where women’s lives and health were at risk as a result of failed abortions.

The first released 911 recording was placed on February 10 of last year and the content of the call reveals Southwestern Women’s Options had just completed a second-trimester abortion on a 17-year old girl who suffered from a fever, a possible sign of infection, a rapid pulse, and uncontrolled bleeding.

“She just had the second tri procedure and she has a fever that’s spiking right now and then her pulse is up to 172 with some bleeding that they can’t get under control,” a SWO employee told the 911 dispatcher. The call originated at 11:04 PM. The SWO employee told the dispatcher, “It looks like we’re closed, but we are in the office.”

Complications mentioned on other 911 recordings included uncontrolled uterine bleeding, an incident of “heavy hemorrhaging”, and a uterine rupture and all of the patients required emergency transport to local hospitals.

The pro-life organization released the audio of another 911 call it obtained from the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, also in Albuquerque, New Mexic. The call reveals the shocking details of a woman who is apparently suffering complications from an abortion and is unable to breathe. The woman “crashes” and clearly requires urgent medical care.

“We have a patient who is crashing right now,” the caller from the abortion business tells the 911 dispatcher. At the dispatcher’s request, the call was transferred to the abortion room where another clinic worker described the patient as “grayish” in color. Once the call was transferred, the disturbing sounds of the patient’s suffering and struggling for life became clearly evident.

“She is unresponsive right now,” the abortion center staffer adds. “Yeah, can you hear them,” the staffer tells 911, “They’re calling her name out right now. I’m not in the room with them, I can just hear what’s happening.”