Woman dies after Cleveland abortion

by Daniel James Devine
Posted 4/01/14, 05:25 pm

Pro-life groups in Ohio have confirmed the death and identity of a woman who was rushed to the hospital after undergoing a late-term abortion in Cleveland. LaKisha Wilson, 22, was pronounced dead March 28, one week after she stopped breathing while at Preterm, a downtown abortion center.

In a 911 emergency call recording of the incident, published last week, a Preterm staff member asked for emergency help for a patient who was unconscious and not breathing. She said doctors and nurses at the facility were doing CPR in an effort to revive the woman. A dispatch transcript of the ambulance response listed the patient code as “Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest/Death.”

Pro-life workers said they believed Wilson was brain dead from the time she arrived at the hospital, but was kept on life support in order to preserve her organs for donation. Laura Beth Kirsop, a communications director for Ohio Right to Life, said another local pro-life organization had been in contact with Wilson’s family members. Ohio.com has published an obituary notice.

Operation Rescue, Cleveland Right to Life, and Right to Life of Northeast Ohio all reported Tuesday that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner had confirmed Wilson’s death and planned to conduct an autopsy.

“The death of 22-year-old LaKisha Wilson from what the abortion industry proclaims as healthcare should not be swept under the rug,” Denise Leipold, the executive director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, said in a statement. “The public needs to be informed of the real dangers of abortion, and LaKisha’s family deserves justice.”

Daniel James Devine

Daniel is managing editor of WORLD Magazine and lives in Indiana. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanJamDevine.

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