In August 2017, Live Action News reported on the death of Kiesha Marie Atkins, who died at age 23 after receiving an abortion from late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd of Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was believed to have been at least six months pregnant. As was noted at the time of our report, an autopsy concluded that the cause of death was “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy,” instead of abortion — something pro-life groups believed to be an inaccurate determination.
Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico filed a complaint with the New Mexico Medical Board and, on March 2, 2018, the Board responded by letter, stating that it would do “further formal review to determine whether the licensee [Boyd] is in violation of the Medical Practices Act.”
According to Operation Rescue:
Shaver… obtained Adkin’s autopsy report along with a CAD printout of a 911 call placed by SWO on February 7, 2017 – the date of Adkin’s death. In consultation with Operation Rescue, it was found that both documents raised serious questions about the mishandling of Adkin’s medical emergency, and suspicions of an attempted cover-up.
Life Site News notes that Atkins reported for her abortion on January 31, 2017, and “[w]hen she returned to the facility on February 3, she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection,” adding that the autopsy report shows she was set to begin labor to deliver her stillborn baby. Her child would have received an injection of a feticide days before to stop his or her heart. Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino explains in the video below:
Atkins developed blood clots in her lungs and went into cardiac arrest “and was unable to be resuscitated.”
Induction abortions, as shown above, are very risky for women. As a previous Live Action News report noted, some abortionists, like Curtis Boyd himself, have admitted to this fact when it meant having the chance to paint an earlier abortion procedure as safer for women:
According to court documents, the abortionists opposing the dismemberment bill admit that “[i]nduction abortions can last from five hours to three days; are extremely expensive; entail more pain, discomfort, and recovery time for the patient than a standard D&E procedure; and are medically contraindicated for some patients.”
Those opposing the bill also admit in these documents that use of the heart drug Digoxin in a late-term induction abortion is an off-label use of that drug….
Curtis Boyd‘s SWO facility in Albuquerque came under fire last year for its willingness to abort a 30-week preborn baby because of the mother’s “stress.” Boyd has also come under fire and for harvesting aborted fetal body parts for University of Mexico researchers.