MELBOURNE, Australia, December 20, 2011 ( – A woman died on Sunday in a Melbourne hospital after having what authorities described as ‘‘a procedure at a private Croydon clinic’’ last week.

The Age reports that a spokeswoman for the Coroners Court of Victoria said yesterday that the ‘‘unexpected’’ death of the woman would be investigated.

The facility in question is the Marie Stopes Maroondah abortion facility, formerly known as the Croydon Day Surgery, Victoria’s only late-term abortion clinic, in northeastern Melbourne.

Marie Stopes International chief executive Maria Deveson Crabbe confirmed the death with a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of a female patient, who attended our associate registered day procedure centre in Maroondah on Wednesday, December 14, passed away at Box Hill Hospital on Sunday, December 18.”


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Over the past six years the clinic has been investigated several times, most recently in August when late-term abortionist and owner Dr. Mark Schulberg performed an abortion on 40-year-old Pheap Sem, who was rushed to Melbourne’s Box Hill Hospital in critical condition following the procedure.

Earlier this year the anesthetist at the abortion facility, James Latham Peters, was charged with 54 counts each of conduct endangering life, negligence causing serious injury and recklessness causing serious injury, after he allegedly infected dozens of women with Hepatitis C. Police said that the investigation will continue until all the clients of the clinic between 2006 and 2009 have been tested for the infection, and that Dr. Peters could face further charges.

Paula Shelton, the lawyer for the 54 women infected with Hepatitis C, said her clients have raised questions about why health authorities allowed Dr. Peters to continue practicing when there was mounting evidence concerning his own drug use, the illegal supply of drugs he provided to others, and charges of possessing child-pornography.

In 2009 clinic owner Dr. Schulberg was found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the Medical Practitioners Board for failing to gain legal consent to perform a late-term abortion on an intellectually disabled woman, and for inappropriately prescribing painkillers, according to The Age report.



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