Planned Parenthood Killed His Sister, Now He’s Fighting for All Women
April 30, 2017 By Onan Coca
On June 30, 2016 Cree Erwin entered the Kalamazoo, Michigan offices for Planned Parenthood – three days later she and the baby she had been carrying were both dead.
After Cree’s abortion, she fell ill. Two days later she went to the hospital in severe pain, after being discharged the next day she went to stay with her mother. Later that night her poor mother found her lifeless body and their lives all changed forever.
(Warning: the following is heart-wrenching and graphic. It’s not for all listeners.)
Today, her brother, Tyler Sheppard, is a pro-life leader who is fighting to bring down the evil organization that murdered two members of his family. “It was devastating, and we all felt like it could have been avoided,” Sheppard told ChurchMilitant.com. He said that his family was tight-knit and that there would have been many offers of help if his sister would have just told them that she was feeling overwhelmed by her 2nd pregnancy. “If she felt overwhelmed and needed somebody to take the baby, more than a few of us would have volunteered,” he said. “She made the wrong decision, and we lost a loved one because of it.”
To make matters worse, Planned Parenthood stonewalled his family and local pro-life advocates in the days following Cree’s death.
When the family tried to get clarity on what could have possibly happened, Planned Parenthood refused to release the medical reports citing privacy concerns. Then after local pro-life groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests, the local abortion mill continued to drag their feet, saying the requests had come from “curiosity seekers.” When Planned Parenthood finally released the report, large sections had been redacted – including the most relevant portions. It wasn’t until the media began taking an interest in the story that Planned Parenthood finally released the full, un-redacted report.
It was at this point that the family finally learned the truth – the cause of death was “uterine perforation status post early vacuum aspiration and intrauterine contraceptive device placement.” In plain English, the cause of death was the abortion.
While Sheppard knows that his sister bears much of the responsibility for her own death, he also believes that Planned Parenthood should be held accountable for their actions. Someone dies every time an abortion is undertaken and a moral society should not allow such evil behavior to occur legally. His sister’s death has been the catalyst awakening Sheppard to the holocaust of abortion and now he’s working to bring more awareness to the culture of death in America today.
“I want to take [abortion] off the table; I don’t want it to be an option for women,” he remarked. “If abortion isn’t an option, more men and women will be responsible with how they approach sex.”
Sheppard tells women considering an abortion, “It’s not just your life; your baby has a life, too. That’s a life inside of you.”
He said his whole family feels victimized by PP’s actions and that the abortion mill has not co-operated with requests for his sister’s medical record. He believes that as a business that pushes abortion, PP won’t admit to “murdering, not only children but women as well.”
Pro-Lifers on Congress’ Planned Parenthood Funding: ‘Incredibly Disappointing,’ ‘Beyond Frustrating,’ ‘Need to Defund’
(CNSNews.com) — Some pro-life advocates said they were disappointed with the short-term spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Doanld Trump on Friday, which continues funding for Planned Parenthood. They also expressed frustration with the pending $1 trillion spending package expected to pass this week and keep the government funded through fiscal year 2017 and which also would maintain funding for the abortion provider.
However, the pro-life supporters were optimistic for the long-term and Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn at Priests for Life, said she believes Trump and Congress are “committed to defunding any efforts to abort human beings in the womb here in America.”
“In the big picture and the overall scheme of things, I tend not to dwell on disappointments but continue to push the positive truth and the positive agenda,” King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., told CNSNews.com. “They need to defund Planned Parenthood, that’s the end of the story.”
The short-term spending deal keeps the government and its programs funded through this Friday, May 5. However, on Sunday, April 30, the GOP-dominant House of Representatives worked out a deal with Democrats to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2017. Congress is expected to vote on the estimated $1 trillion package this week and President Trump is expected to sign it. There is no language in the legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and President Donald J. Trump.
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Republicans in the House and Senate have repeatedly stated they want to end all federal funding to the abortion provider. Also, President Trump sent a letter to pro-life groups back in September, stating that he and Vice President Mike Pence were committed to “defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”
When asked about Congress’ ongoing funding of Planned Parenthood, a group that performed 323,999 abortions in 2014-15, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said, “It’s beyond frustrating that Congress is poised to pass a government funding bill that continues to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor and the subject of over a dozen criminal referrals from committees in both the House and Senate.”
“The Republican Party is the only party with an anti-abortion platform and whose candidates ran specifically on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Yet, here we are, watching them pass a bill that funds Planned Parenthood even though they control the House, Senate, and White House.”
“More innocent lives will be lost at the hands of Planned Parenthood because of broken promises,” Hawkins told CNSNews.com. “If Congress refuses to protect women and babies through passage of a healthcare bill that defunds Planned Parenthood or a reconciliation bill that does the same, it will be a betrayal that the GOP will find extensively difficult to overcome when they go back to pro-lifers with the same promises in the next campaign.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said, “With pro-life Republican majorities in both houses, it is incredibly disappointing that any Republican spending bill would contain continued funding for Planned Parenthood. This makes it imperative that Republicans also move quickly on a reconciliation bill that redirects the abortion giant’s funding to community health centers.”
“A majority (53.3%) of Americans support redirecting Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to community health centers that offer a full range of primary and preventative care but do not perform or promote abortion,” said Dannenfelser in an e-mail to CNSNews.com.
“Women would be better served by these comprehensive health care entities, which outnumber the abortion chain by more than 20 to one nationwide,” she said. “Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 320,000 abortions in a single year per their latest annual report, does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars.”
Pro-life activist and author Abby Johnson said she would “continue to work to ensure that Planned Parenthood is defunded in the permanent budget.”
Asked if she felt betrayed by the proposed budget package and its continued funding of Planned Parenthood, Alveda King said, “I would not use the word betrayed. I’m not even surprised that political shenanigans continue. I’d be surprised if they did not [continue].”
“But I really just want to urge members of Congress and the president to continue with the promise to defund Planned Parenthood,” said King. “Planned Parenthood must be defunded. They are America’s largest abortion provider.”
In its most recent annual report, from 2014-15, Planned Parenthood showed a total revenue of $1.29 billion, of which $553.7 million came from “government health services grants & reimbursements,” i.e., the taxpayers. The report also showed that Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions that year; in 2013-24, 327,653 abortions; and in 2012-13, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions.