ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico abortion facility that offers abortions throughout all three trimesters has been sued by the family of a woman who obtained a late-term abortion last year and died two days later from an infection and sepsis.
According to the legal challenge, Keisha Atkins, 23, had been referred by the University of New Mexico Hospital to Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) for an abortion at 24 weeks gestation (6 months).
“[A]t the SWO clinic, clinic doctors, under the supervision of [abortionist] Curtis Boyd, inserted a syringe filled with dygoxin into Keisha Atkins’ stomach and injected a lethal dose into the baby causing the baby’s death,” it outlines. “Ms. Atkins was then released from SWO clinic with her deceased baby in utero and an instruction to return to the SWO Clinic.”
She was allegedly instructed not to contact any other facility or doctor outside of SWO.
Two days later, Atkins returned for the second part of the procedure, to have the dead baby removed from her body. However, she was running a fever, had difficulty breathing, and the labor process to dispel the infant had not begun.
Nearly 10 hours later, as Atkins’ condition did not improve, staff called for an ambulance. By this time, she also had tachycardia and she couldn’t keep her oxygen level up. She was suffering a septic abortion.
The lawsuit states that Atkins spent five hours waiting in the emergency room at University of New Mexico before being wheeled in
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