Wrongful Death Suit Includes Claims of Malpractice and Conspiracy

No one in New Mexico should die because of someone else’s negligence or mistakes. According to the New Mexico Alliance for Life, a New Mexico woman died after receiving an abortion, and her mother and sister sought an attorney to file a lawsuit against Southwestern Women’s Options and the University of New Mexico. The wrongful death suit also claims that the UNM Office of the Medical Investigator’s Pathologist conspired to cover-up the cause of death.

Attorneys say the woman sought an elective abortion at 24 weeks from the UNM Hospital and was denied the procedure. She then visited the SWO for the elective procedure several weeks later on a referral from the hospital. The SWO’s website lists post 32-week abortions as a service only on a case by case basis and completed the procedure.

When she was discharged from the hospital, she was told by the SWO that she was not allowed to consult any medical professionals anywhere outside the SWO clinic. The family believes the clinic violated the New Mexico Unfair Trade Practices Act with these instructions.

The woman returned to the clinic two days after the procedure and spent 10 hours in their care with a high fever and trouble breathing. According to KOB4, she was then taken to the UNM Hospital where she passed away.

According to the family’s attorney and the lawsuit, the cause of death was listed as natural due to pregnancy. To protect the relationship and interests of the SWO and the UNM hospital, they claim the clinic, the hospital and the Investigator’s office concealed that the true cause of death was abortion.

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