Pro-life leaders gathered in front of an abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday to protest the recent death of a 22-year-old patient, who they believe died after receiving a late-term abortion at the facility.
Members of Operation Rescue, Cleveland Right to Life, and other pro-life groups gathered in front of the Preterm Abortion Facility, located on Shaker Blvd. in Cleveland, to protest the recent death of Lakisha Wilson, who passed away at the nearby University Hospitals Case Medical Center on March 28.
Pro-life groups are accusing the abortion clinic of performing a botched, late-term abortion procedure on Wilson on March 21. Public records indicate that at around 11 a.m. on March 21, an employee at Preterm called 911 to report that a patient at their facility was not breathing. The patient was receiving CPR at the time of the call.
As The Plain Dealer points out, the 911 call does not indicate whether the patient was undergoing a procedure at the clinic, nor does it indicate what caused the patient to stop breathing. A medical examiner has not yet confirmed what caused Wilson's death.
A video taken by a pastor outside of the abortion clinic at the time of the 911 call shows emergency personnel transporting the patient to an ambulance.
The Kansas-based Operation Rescue and other pro-life groups are calling on the Ohio Department of Health to investigate the incident. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, told LifeSite News that Preterm's recent incident proves abortion regulations in Ohio are not strict enough.
"If it had not been for alert pro-life activists, this tragedy surely would have been swept under the rug. But now, we plan to submit complaints in order to hold the Preterm abortion clinic and staff accountable so this doesn't happen to another woman."
Preterm also emailed a statement to The Plain Dealer saying that it "cares deeply about the health and safety of each of our patients. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States, and complications are rare. At this time, we ask that the privacy of the family be respected."