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Medical examiner says woman's death was natural

Thursday - 2/21/2013, 1:19pm  ET

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland medical examiner's office has found that a 29-year-old woman died of natural causes after receiving treatment at an abortion clinic in Germantown.

The Washington Post reports that the office said Wednesday the woman suffered a rare complication related to childbirth in which amniotic fluid was pushed into her bloodstream.

According to the Post, the complication can happen during or after an abortion, natural delivery or Caesarean section.

The medical examiner listed two other causes of death -- a complication involving blood clots as well as "fetal abnormalities."

A spokesman for the office says it will take weeks to complete a more detailed autopsy report.

Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman, says police are awaiting those findings, and the investigation into the woman's death remains active.

The clinic where the woman was treated has been the subject of frequent protests by abortion opponents.

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