Pro-Life Event Mourns Deaths of Mothers, Babies at Cleveland Abortuary

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by Martina Moyski  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 17, 2019   

Preterm abortion mill continues 'healthcare' despite history of botched abortions

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CLEVELAND (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pro-life advocates publicly mourned the death of thousands of babies and young black mothers who have died owing to faulty abortion procedures at the Cleveland Preterm abortion mill.

Led by Walter and Darleen Moss, the Sept. 17 event at the abortion mill addressed the loss of life at Preterm, which targets poor urban women of color for abortions, with particular focus on the June death of Tia Parks and her fraternal twins. Catherine Davis, director of The Restoration Project was also in attendance.

The pro-life advocates called for the closing of the Preterm abortion facility, which, under the guise of "women's healthcare," is "notorious" for botched procedures.

Preterm, the largest abortion mill in Ohio, continues to perform abortions despite having been cited for unsafe conditions, while thousands of babies were killed and mothers have lost their lives as a result.

On Sept. 14, a botched abortion took place at Preterm resulting in the emergency transport of a woman to a nearby hospital.

A Preterm staff member wearing scrubs came out of the abortion facility with her face covered and climbed into the ambulance. Later, the suffering woman was brought out on a gurney and loaded into the ambulance and whisked away to the emergency room.

Preterm clinic personnel tried to impede those who were attempting to video record the incident.

Operation Rescue (OR) reported on the case of Tia Parks, a 26-year-old woman who, on June 7, went to Preterm for "a routine abortion."

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Billboard in urban Cleveland intended to normalize abortion

According to Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger, Parks had "an undetected ectopic pregnancy along with an intrauterine pregnancy."

"This is kind of an unusual situation, but it went undetected by the abortion clinic," Sullenger explained.

The next day Parks was in pain and having breathing problems. At mid-afternoon, she was taken by ambulance for emergency care. Parks was dead by 5 p.m. — along with her fraternal twins.

The OR spokeswoman maintains Parks' condition would have been detected had the abortuary conducted an ultrasound.

In November 2018, a woman who was "bleeding heavy" was left outside of Preterm because the workers were going home for the day.

Operation Rescue obtained audio of the call the woman made to a 911 operator, which reveals the woman telling the operator that she's "outside Preterm" and "bleeding heavy."

"Like they just — they just left me bleeding like this," the woman said.

Ohio's anti-life groups are attempting to counteract the public's awakening to the dangers of Preterm. Sixteen billboards attempting to normalize abortion have been scattered throughout Cleveland. 

A billboard on South Marginal and East 55th reads "Abortion is a blessing." On the other side of Cleveland, "Abortion is a family value" is plastered at Bellaire and Guardian.

"Ohio's politicians have chipped away at abortion access for years," Chrisse France, Preterm's executive director, said in a statement. "In response, Preterm is sending a powerful message to our legislators with this billboard campaign."

Margie Christie, executive director of Dayton Right to Life, onsite at the event, reported to Church Militant that approximately 75 pro-life leaders and supporters joined the National Black Pro-Life Coalition for public press event. Molly Smith, executive director of Cleveland Right to Life, began the event with the statement "Abortion is not healthcare!"  She continued by calling for an investigation of the Preterm facility by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Michael O'Malley.  

Several black pastors spoke including Rev. Arnold Culbreath, founder of Breath of Life LLC. Rev Culbreath recited a "roll call" of many of the black women killed in our country by abortion, including Lakeisha Wilson. Wilson passed away in 2014 after having an abortion at the Preterm abortuary. 

Davis also spoke emphasizing the importance of the black community to speak out on the "targeting" of the black population by the million dollar abortion industry.  

Many statewide pro-life leaders attended including Meg Wittman of Cincinnati Right to Life, Ed Sitter of Toledo Right to Life, Denise Leipold of Northeast Ohio Right to Life, Jacqui Fesko-Lake County Right to Life and Rachel Citak and Ruth McNeil of Citizens for Community Values. 

Christie, who is also president of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, told the group that "the rest of the state stands with Cleveland and mourns the loss of Ms. Parks and her unborn children," adding "we offer our sincere condolences to the family in their time of grief."  

Pro-life advocates are inviting supporters to the upcoming public events:

  • Celebrate Life Dinner, Right to Life of Stark County, Saturday, Sept. 21
  • 40 Days for Life 2019 Fall Campaign, Sept. 24 – Nov. 3
  • September CanaNight, Friday, Sept. 27 at 7–9 p.m.
  • Pilgrims & Poets 2019 Lyceum Symposium, Friday–Saturday, Oct. 11–12
  • Private Healing Retreat for Women Suffering After Abortion, Oct. 25–27
  • Unplanned: The Movie, Monday, Oct. 28 at 7–9:15 p.m.

More information about upcoming pro-life events can be found at National Black Pro-Life Coalition and Cleveland Right to Life

9/18/2019: This article has been updated.

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