Abortion Clinic Getting Customers From Texas Killed One Woman in Botched Abortion, Injured 50 More

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 22, 2021   |   9:16AM   |   Albuquerque, New Mexico

A late-term abortion businesses in New Mexico that is getting additional customers from Texas has a horrific record of injuring women in botched abortions and even killed one woman in a failed abortion.

Emergency transfer logs obtained by New Mexico Alliance for Life from the scandal-ridden late-term abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options [SWO] in Albuquerque indicate at least 50 women required transfer for serious medical complications or injury to the University of New Mexico Hospital [UNMH] as recent as July 7, 2021.

Through New Mexico Alliance for Life’s investigative work, it obtained the records of women suffering potentially fatal complications including sepsis, pulmonary embolism, hemorrhage, and others through the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

The expansive list of injuries includes the late Keisha Atkins, who died from serious complications suffered during an elective late-term abortion at 6 months after being transferred from SWO to UNMH for emergency care.

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“Women seeking an abortion in New Mexico from Texas and elsewhere must be warned that abortion centers here are allowed to operate unregulated, are ill-equipped to handle medical emergencies and as a result, one clinic alone sent 50 women and counting to the Emergency Room,” said Elisa Martinez executive director and founder of New Mexico Alliance for Life. “At least one of these women, the late Keisha Atkins died from injuries suffered during an elective, unsafe abortion at 6 months in New Mexico. How many more women will suffer serious injury or death from unsafe and unregulated abortions in New Mexico?”

  • In 2015 UNM Hospital Family Planning Department heads were caught sending University of New Mexico Medical School residents to train at the unsafe SWO clinic before New Mexico Alliance for Life exposed an illegal contract between both parties, as well as the illicit exchange of aborted baby body parts resulting in two criminal referrals.
  • As a result of our investigative work and public awareness campaign, UNMH officials halted sending residents to train at SWO AND research using aborted baby parts from the scandal-ridden clinic.
  • Additionally, our partners at Abortion On Trial confirmed through deposition testimony that UNM Hospital abortionists are tasked with receiving SWO’s botched abortions. SWO has a long-standing relationship with University of New Mexico Hospital abortionists to refer for their medical emergencies, including the late Keisha Atkins.

Atkins’ mother, Tina, and sister, Nicole, are suing on her behalf and the University of New Mexico Hospital and the abortion facility are accused of medical malpractice, wrongful death and civil conspiracy in the lawsuit; the abortion facility also allegedly violated the New Mexico Unfair Trade Practices Act by telling Atkins not to go to the emergency room but to contact the abortion facility if she experienced a medical emergency.

Six abortionists including the abortion facility’s Carmen Landau, Shannon Carr and Curtis Boyd are named along with UNM abortion doctors Lily Bayat, Brenda Pareda and Lisa Hofler. Pathologist Dr. Lauren Dvorscak of the UNM Office of the Medical Investigator also is accused of civil conspiracy in a cover-up of Atkins’ cause of death.

Atkins was about six months pregnant when she went to the abortion facility for an elective, late-term abortion.

“Keisha Atkins’ medical treatment was a series of negligence and malpractice which ultimately led to her untimely death,” said Atkins’ attorney Michael Seibel. “We also have reason to believe that these parties conspired with UNM’s Medical Investigator to conceal the cause of death from the abortion in order to protect each other’s interests and long-standing relationships.”

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Elisa Martinez, spokesperson for the Atkins estate, said this is a clear case of an abortionist putting his business ahead of his patients’ lives.

“What kind of clinic instructs patients not to contact the hospital for an emergency, but rather to call an answering service in the middle of a life-threatening septic abortion?” Martinez said in a statement. “This is not medicine, this is a reckless public health crisis driven by abortionist Curtis Boyd, a co-founder of the National Abortion Federation who puts his bottom line and ideology above his patients.”

Notably, the late-term abortionist has a close relationship with UNM, where the medical investigator’s office is located. Boyd provides aborted baby body parts to university researchers and used to train UNM medical students at his late-term abortion facility.

The autopsy report from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator determined that Atkins’ cause of death was “natural,” stemming from a “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy.” However, Seibel obtained a series of internal emails indicating that other University of New Mexico doctors who treated Atkins before her death expressed concerns about the autopsy because they diagnosed her with a septic infection relating to the abortion.

Operation Rescue and Abortion Free New Mexico, which have been following the case as well, also suspected a cover-up. Earlier this year, the groups obtained Atkins’ autopsy report along with a CAD printout of a 911 call from the abortion facility on the date of Atkins’ death. The groups said both documents raised serious questions about the mishandling of Atkins’ medical emergency, and raised their suspicions of an attempted cover-up.