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New Mexico late-term abortion clinic accused of experimenting on women

Keisha Atkins died while undergoing a late-term abortion in 2017. During a multi-day abortion procedure at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she was heavily drugged for three days before going into respiratory distress and subsequently dying from a septic infection, according to a report.


Documents released by Abortion on Trial detail some of the events that led to Atkins’ death, including information about an experiment carried out by abortionists Carmen Landau and Shelley Sella involving 501 women who did not content to participate in the experiment. 

The Albuquerque clinic is known for performing late-term abortions up to 32 weeks and later in some cases. Since the clinic is renowned for performing late-term abortions on viable babies in a state that has no limits on abortion, the city is frequently referred to by pro-life activists as the “abortion capital.” 

According to documents released by Abortion on Trial, an organization that helps post-abortive women who’ve suffered injuries from the procedure, Landau, Sella and staff of UCSF discussed testing the effectiveness of adding Mifepristone on late-term induction abortions. Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, blocks the effects of the natural pregnancy hormone progesterone.

In the experiment, some 250 women, all of whom were at least 24 weeks into their pregnancy, including Atkins, were given Mifepristone. Forty-eight of the patients were minors at the time. 

During the experiment that was conducted from 2016-2017, the abortionists tested “wether Mifepristone would make the induction abortion occur quicker and after a year of ‘no perceived benefit,” they ceased using the drug, documents show.  

Some of the women who were part of the experiment suffered such things as “hemorrhage, cervical laceration, retained placenta, and extramural delivery,” and at least seven patients were admitted to the hospital, according to the report.  


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