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No charges planned after death linked to abortion clinic

August 15, 2020 GMT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No criminal charges are planned after a woman died following a visit to an Alabama abortion clinic, but activists are calling for additional investigations.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jack Kennedy, said his office investigated what happened at the West Alabama Women’s Center in May along with an investigator for the Board of Medical Examiners and found no basis for criminal charges.

“We did do an initial investigation,” Kennedy, the head of the violent crimes unit, told al.com. “We haven’t been able to come up with anything we could prosecute anyone for. It’s a death under medical supervision.”

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Anti-abortion activists released details about the case, saying members saw a woman struggling as she left the clinic, and they scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning to call for an investigation into the business.

The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners is reviewing the case after a patient who left the clinic later died at UAB Hospital that same day.

Robin Marty, a spokeswoman for the West Alabama Women’s Center, cited privacy laws in declining comment.

“We continue to uphold the highest standards of care for all of our patients,” said Marty.

The West Alabama Women’s Center has been one of three clinics regularly performing abortions in Alabama the past two years.