Today, Ohio Right to Life issued a letter to Governor John Kasich requesting his administration to investigate the recent death of Lakisha Wilson, a 22-year-old patient at Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland.
“The death of this young woman is another sobering reminder that Ohio needs to enforce laws that hold abortion clinics accountable to health and safety standards,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “Not only is the abortion industry disproportionately aborting African American babies, the industry’s apparent carelessness is now taking the lives of Ohio’s young African American women.”
After a failed legal abortion, Wilson was transported to University Hospital Case Medical Center on Friday, March 21, 2014. She died after transport from the abortion clinic to the hospital. According to a statement released by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office:
Decedent was conveyed from 12000 Shaker Blvd., in Cleveland to University Hospitals Case Medical Center and arrived on 3-21-14 where she was treated, expired and was pronounced on 3-28-14.
An autopsy is being conducted and a cause of death is pending. Wilson passed away on Friday, March 28 after being sustained by life-support for a week.
Gonidakis said this is not the first time that Preterm Abortion Clinic has had their health and safety protocols called into question. Preterm Abortion Clinic has notified the State Medical Board of Ohio of performing six botched chemical abortions involving RU-486 between 2011 and 2013. (See report.)
“The abortion industry touts the myth that abortion is ‘safe,’ yet botched chemical abortions and tragedies like Ms. Wilson’s are not necessarily the exception,” continued Gonidakis. “We grieve for this young woman and her family, and we will do everything we can to see that justice is served and that Preterm Abortion Clinic is held accountable. Additionally, we would like to thank the local pro-life chapters and organizations for shedding light on this tragic incident and not letting it go unnoticed.”
Operation Rescue reported earlier that it had obtained 911 records that indicated a woman had died after an abortion at Preterm. Those records stated that she was “not breathing at all” and had suffered “Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest/Death.”
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According to information gathered by Operation Rescue from those on the scene and who have been contacted by members of the woman’s family, Lakisha Wilson was in the later stages of pregnancy, and because of that was turned down by abortion clinics in Columbus and Akron.
She was said to have been brain dead at the time she arrived at the hospital, but was kept on life support for several days so that her organs could be harvested.
“We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Lakisha’s family for their devastating loss,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We have filed complaints with the Ohio Medical Board and with the Ohio Department of Health. We call on the ODH to immediately suspend Preterm’s clinic license pending a full investigation into Lakisha’s death.”