Tonya Reaves has died after getting an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood and her family members are demanding answers. Reaves passed away on Friday night and her death is being reported to have been caused by a hemorrhage resulting from the pregnancy and complications during the procedure.
Although Reaves’ death is being ruled an accident, her twin sister and her family are asking question about how she could have tragically died.
Reaves’ who has left behind a grieving fiance and a one year old son, was under treatment at the Michigan Avenue Planned Parenthood which involved a cervical dilation and evacuation procedure. This kind of procedure is usually used in women who have abortions in the second trimester of their pregnancies.
Planned Parenthood has issued an apology but have also stated that they can not comment further or answer any questions to preserve their patients’ privacy.
Carole Brite, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, stated:
“We were shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital…’While legal abortion services in the United States have a very high safety record, a tragedy such as this is devastating to loved ones and we offer our deepest sympathies.”
Brite also spoke about the privacy obligations of the organization saying:
“‘Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient. We do not publicly discuss private patient matters and we follow HIPAA laws that forbid the disclosure of patient information.”
Pro-life organizations are also speaking out about the death of Reaves. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, spoke to the Christian Post on Sunday saying that deaths like Reaves’ were avoidable. He went on to say:
“When a woman bleeds to death after an abortion, it is usually an indication of error on the part of the abortionist coupled with a delay in calling for emergency assistance…’In light of this tragedy (Tonya Reaves), which is yet another in a long list of Planned Parenthood abuses, we call on President Obama to immediately withdraw all Federal funding and personal support from Planned Parenthood.”
Unless the family of the deceased gives updates of what further investigations reveal, it will be difficult to get more information because of the privacy rights of the patient cited by Planned Parenthood.