The grieving brother of a young woman who died last year after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood is fighting to protect other moms and unborn babies.
The Church Militant reports Tyler Sheppard, who now is pro-life, stood with other pro-lifers in Michigan earlier this month to demand justice for his sister, Cree Erwin, and her unborn child.
Erwin was found dead in her mother’s home on July 4, 2016, three days after having an abortion at a Kalamazoo Planned Parenthood.
Sheppard, who lives in Florida, said he traveled to Michigan earlier this month to help his family raise awareness about his sister’s death. Erwin’s family and various pro-life groups participated in a press conference about the incident on April 13.
“It was devastating, and we all felt like it could have been avoided,” Sheppard said.
“I want to take [abortion] off the table; I don’t want it to be an option for women,” he continued. “If abortion isn’t an option, more men and women will be responsible with how they approach sex.”
Here’s more from the report:
Sheppard, the victim’s brother, told Church Militant his was a close-knit family, and family members would’ve been willing to help his sister with her second pregnancy. “If she felt overwhelmed and needed somebody to take the baby, more than a few of us would have volunteered,” he said. “She made the wrong decision, and we lost a loved one because of it.” …
Sheppard tells women considering an abortion, “It’s not just your life; your baby has a life, too. That’s a life inside of you.”
He said his whole family feels victimized by PP’s actions and that the abortion mill has not co-operated with requests for his sister’s medical record. He believes that as a business that pushes abortion, PP won’t admit to “murdering, not only children but women as well.”
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New details about Erwin’s death came out earlier this month in an autopsy report obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The autopsy revealed that Erwin died of a blood clot in her lungs; she had internal bleeding caused by a 4-centimeter tear in her uterus.
Hospital records also indicate that her abortion was incomplete, meaning Planned Parenthood left parts of her baby or placenta in her womb.
An initial autopsy of Erwin’s death was heavily redacted. The Calhoun County Medical Examiner delayed releasing the report for eight months, and then redacted any mention of an abortion, blood clot or perforated uterus, according to Operation Rescue.
Pro-lifers and Erwin’s family are still investigating her death.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported several women’s deaths after botched abortions.
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 botched abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood in 2012. Refugee Karnamaya Mongar died with her unborn baby in 2009; and Jennifer Morbelli is yet another who lost her life in 2013 after a late-term abortion.
The Centers for Disease Control reported two women died from legal abortions in 2012, making the total deaths 424 since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.
However, the CDC notes that its maternal mortality data is not complete. According to the report, its numbers “during 1998-2011 cannot be used alone to calculate national case-fatality rates … because certain states did not report abortion data every year during this period.”
Many believe the number of women who have died along with their unborn babies is much higher.