Planned Parenthood is being sued by the family of a young woman who died during a botched abortion just a few weeks ago. The story of 24-year old Tonya Reaves is one that is riddled with political implications in the pro-life/pro-choice debate, and has stirred up feelings on both sides of the abortion conversation.
Reaves died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on July 20 after going to the Planned Parenthood clinic on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Her mother, Dorsey Johns, told a local CBS station that the abortion was “carelessly performed,” and that they didn’t monitor her condition during the procedure.
According to CBS, “The suit further claims the clinic did not do enough to stop Reaves’ bleeding, and that staff members failed to adequately warn an on-call doctor about the potentially life-threatening condition.”
The family wants no less than $120,000 in damages, partly to compensate the woman’s one-year old son, Alvin.
Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation issued this statement about the Reaves lawsuit:
“Lack of proper monitoring is a chronic problem in the abortion industry as a whole. Once abortion businesses get the money and kill the baby, they are essentially done with the woman. If she happens to have complications, they blame her,” he said. “Planned Parenthood and its abortionist need to be held fully accountable for the death of Reaves, because if they hadn’t botched the abortion in the first place or if they had properly monitored her and immediately called 911, Reaves’ little boy would still have a mommy today.”
“Reaves experienced a complication during the procedure at the reproductive health clinic,” said Corey Meyer, the family attorney. He also said that the Reaves family “is looking to determine whether the actions of Planned Parenthood or Northwestern Memorial contributed to her death.”
Not only was the botched abortion an issue in the death of Tonya Reaves, but there is also an allegation that Planned Parenthood failed to call 911 when they were told to do so. There was another emergency involving a fight that a girl had with her mother, which led to significant delay in the amount of time that Planned Parenthood responded to Reaves’ situation.
“This new information confirms that Planned Parenthood intentionally ignored instructions given to them earlier in the day by an Emergency Dispatcher and refused to employ the fastest means of getting help for their dying patient,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. “In addition to waiting five and a half hours to get Reaves to the hospital, the further delay caused by refusing call 911 as instructed could have been the difference between life and death.”