She was a 24-year-old woman who died on July 20, 2012, at a Planned
Parenthood facility in Chicago. As Tom Ciesielka of Life Legal Defense
Foundation wrote about two weeks later:
death of Tonya Reaves, a 24 year-old who died after an abortion at
Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center in Chicago, has remained a
mystery because employees at the Chicago Office of the Medical Examiner
failed to comply with the Life Legal Defense Foundation’s request for
Reaves’ autopsy report. The controversial manner of Reaves’ death on
July 20th trigged a hailstorm of calls for abortion provider regulation
in Illinois, one of the few states allowing abortion providers to
function virtually unfettered with little or no oversight.
Dennis Byrne, columnist for ChicagoNow.com, reported yesterday
that "Planned Parenthood, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation agreed to pay $2 million in a
wrong death settlement to Ms. Reaves surviving son." Byrne also writes:
here's the deal: The abortion industry--it's leading practitioner being
Planned Parenthood--regularly insists that abortion is completely safe,
that we need a virtually unregulated industry (like we have in
Illinois) because without it we would have to return to the days of
(unregulated) "back-alley" abortions.
Having been a member of the
mainstream media for almost my entire professional life, I'm at a total
loss to understand why this story has received no mention--none that I
can find--in the mainstream or Chicago media. Critics of the mainstream
media routinely charge that such omissions (and other sins of
commission) are the result of a left-leaning media bias.
A search of the the news on Google shows that the only media covering the news are, not surprisingly, pro-life outlets such as LifeNews.com, LifeSiteNews, and a few others. Yet some readers commenting on the ChicagoNow.com site have dismissed Byrne's question as being exploitive in nature:
also read your other 2012 post on this tragic story. Sadly, it seems as
though you're dead set on exploiting this poor woman and her family as a
means to bolster your pro-life stance. Is it possible that this
settlement wasn't as a big a news story as you'd like because there are
thousands of settlements every year due to horrendously botched medical
procedures? Are you fighting to hear more about those in mainstream
media as well, or just this particular one to serve your cause?
course, Planned Parenthood would never exploit anyone, right? It's all
about women's health and the children. Ahem. Which makes another comment
come off as ironic in a rather macabre way:
happened to Ms. Reaves was a horrible tragedy. Though nothing can make
up for the loss of a human life, Planned Parenthood has paid a price.
The fact is only 3% of Planned Parenthood's services are for abortions.
And none of these are paid for by the federal government. Christine
Arreola is absolutely right. Your example of medical malpractice is very
selective and shamefully self-serving.
"Though nothing can make up for the loss of a human life, Planned Parenthood has paid a price." Hmmm.
Meanwhile, the Pro-Life Action League and Thomas More Society have filed a formal administrative complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation "with
the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation ('IDPR'), urging in
the public interest that the IDPR undertake an immediate investigation
as to whether substandard medical care led to the death last summer of
five single-spaced pages with ten attached exhibits (Exhs. A-J), the
complaint raises a series of questions arising from news reports, web
postings, 911 records, the autopsy report of the Cook County Coroner,
and other sources as to whether Ms. Reaves, a 24-year-old single
mother, who died on July 20, 2012, after she underwent a surgical
abortion at Planned Parenthood’s “Loop Health Center” facility at 18
South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603, received unprofessional care
from Illinois licensed physicians.
the League and Thomas More Society have detailed a series of serious
concerns about apparent inadequate and substandard care given to Ms.
Reaves concerns that are immediately prompted by critical facts of the
case that have become public up to this date.
For more details, visit the Thomas More Society site.
related news, the Life Dynamics, Inc., a national pro-life
organization (Denton, Texas) is reporting that nearly 3 out of 4 of the abortions in New York City are performed on black and Hispanic babies:
figures come from a report recently published by New York City’s health
department, which reveal that 73.4 percent of all abortions reported to
the city were performed on Black and Hispanic women.
According to the report of 197,046 viable pregnancies, 73,815, or about 37 percent, ended in “induced terminations” in 2012. ...
Stats also show that out of the 73,815 abortions reported by New York
City’s health department in 2012, white women received 9,704 abortions
while 22,917 were performed on Hispanic women and 31,328 were performed
on Black women. Asian and Pacific Islander women reported 4,493
abortions while unknown ethnicities were excluded from the report.
a reader pointed out that the The Hippocratic Resource, a non-profit
group of life-respecting physicians and scientists based in Louisiana, has reported that
while the number of abortions have been dropping, there is a rather startling fact in the mix: "Ironically, the U.S. maternal mortality
rate is now over 6 times greater for legal than for illegal abortions
than it was in 1972!" But wasn't "Roe v. Wade" necessary so that women
could have "safe" abortions, etc., etc.? To state what should be
obvious: there's something about being in the business of killing that
leads to death.