Planned Parenthood Settles $2 Million Case After Botched Abortion

By Barbara Boland | February 14, 2014 | 2:48pm EST

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( - On Feb. 7, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation agreed to pay the family of Tonya Reaves, $2 million after she died from hemorrhaging from a botched abortion in 2012. Reaves received the abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic on 18 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago, Ill.

“Planned Parenthood is a billion dollar a year baby killing business,” Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, told “The money awarded to Tonya's son is a pittance in comparison to what they are worth – $2 million dollars is just a tiny drop in a bottomless bucket. The truly sad thing is that no one can put a dollar value on the life a human being - a life snuffed out way too soon.”

Reaves, a healthy 24-year-old black woman, was 16 weeks pregnant at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2012, the time of her abortion.

Her death, according to the autopsy report, was due to “hemorrhage resulting from cervical dilation and evacuation due to an intrauterine pregnancy.” It shows that she suffered a 3/16 inch perforation of the uterus from forceps (a tool used during the D&E abortion procedure to dismember the fetus). She also had “extensive” perforation of her broad uterine ligament.

After the botched abortion took place at Planned Parenthood, Reaves bled for five and a half hours without medical treatment.

A FOIA of the 911 calls from the Planned Parenthood location where Reaves received her abortion shows that the clinic never called 911 on Reaves’ behalf, even after five and a half hours had elapsed.

At 4:30 p.m., a Fire Department ambulance arrived and transported Reaves to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After she arrived at the hospital it took several hours for her to receive proper treatment; “reports make it appear emergency personnel had to start from scratch to figure out the extent of Reaves’ injuries,” LifeNews reported.

Hospital reports obtained by Steve Miller of WBBM Chicago showed that after Reaves  arrived at the hospital, she had another D&E procedure (a second abortion) but continued to experience problems and pain. She was then given an ultrasound. At that point, the hospital discovered her uterine perforation. At 10:12 p.m. she was taken into surgery and an “uncontrollable bleed was discovered,” hospital documents say.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation have agreed to pay Reaves’ son, Alvin Jones III, a $2 million settlement in this case.

“Ms. Reaves’ tragic death demonstrates the dire need for increased inspection and regulation of Illinois abortion clinics,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society. “Abortion clinics in this state are not held to the same standards as other outpatient surgical facilities, despite the fact that the average clinic performs hundreds of invasive surgeries each year.”

Planned Parenthood’s facilities are not subject to regulation as surgical centers. There are no regular inspections that occur for safety or clinical standards unless they are under investigation due to patient complaint, an attorney speaking on background explained.

Illinois State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatinate) has proposed a bill to amend the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center statute, to close the loophole that allows the clinics to currently remain exempt.

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