Local residents engaged in a protest outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Michigan today that was responsible for the death of a young woman in a botched abortion.
Residents of Kalamazoo Michigan wanted to draw attention to the death of Cree Irwin — a young woman who died in a failed abortion in July of last year. Media outlets have not given much coverage to her death and Planned Parenthood’s culpability in it, but a local news report has more on the protest outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that took place today.
Detective Sgt. Troy Gilleylen of the Battle Creek Police Department said Friday, March 31 that the case has been turned over to the “state of Michigan medical licensing” and that he planned to release more information next week.
But abortion opponents who have been tracking the death and conducting their own investigation say they believe authorities are covering up an abortion gone wrong to protect Planned Parenthood and doctors who treated Erwin in the emergency department at Bronson Battle Creek a few days later.
“We want the story (of Cree’s death) resurrected, during Lent,” said Lynn Mills of Pro-Life Detroit, one of the organizers of Friday’s demonstration at the Kalamazoo clinic. “We want the medical examiner and Planned Parenthood to answer for what is going on. What happened? We want the truth.”
Mills said Erwin-Sheppard’s mother said she first learned of her daughter’s abortion when she took her to the hospital in pain, and that doctors released her. Her mother found her dead on July 4, Mills said.
A copy of an unfilled prescription for pain medication obtained from Erwin-Sheppard’s mother bears the signature of a doctor at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Kalamazoo, Mills said.
By connecting the dots of the information that have been able to glean, they believe Erwin-Sheppard’s abortion was done in Kalamazoo, Mills said.
“We waited a long eight months for the autopsy report to come out, only to find out it was heavily redacted,” she said, with many details blacked out.
“We want to know why the medical examiner felt it was necessary to black out, to redact, all of these complications,” Mills said. “Why is she covering up for Planned Parenthood?”
Erwin (pictured above) died on July 3, 2016, just three days after her Planned Parenthood abortion and hours after being seen at a nearby emergency room complaining of abortion complications she was experiencing.
It has also been confirmed that Planned Parenthood abortionist Laura Denise Castleman provided Erwin with a prescription for a pain medication that was to be filled later at a separate pharmacy. It remains unclear whether she actually conducted Erwin’s abortion, or if that was done by another Planned Parenthood abortionist.
Castleman’s Drug Control Location License for the Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood lapsed on January 31, 2016. In Michigan, medical providers must obtain a Drug Control Location License for every facility where they routinely dispense drugs.
In addition to her employment with Planned Parenthood, Castleman has served as an abortion training faculty member for the National Abortion Federation, and co-authored an abortion training manual.
Castleman is suspected of involvement in at least three other abortion-related injuries in Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor, contributing to a nationwide pattern of abortion injuries and deaths at Planned Parenthood facilities.
On September 10, 2015, an ambulance was summoned for a 15-year old abortion patient of the Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood who was struggling to breathe. An abortion worker asked the 911 dispatcher to send the ambulance with no lights or sirens despite the patient’s life-threatening, Priority 1, condition.
“If Cree Erwin had not visited the Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood for an abortion, she would be alive today. I urge the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs not to turn a blind eye to the pattern of abuses we are seeing at Planned Parenthood facilities. The Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood is not safe and must be shut down to protect other women from ending up on a slab in the morgue,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue.