Mother Sues Planned Parenthood over Tonya Reaves’ Death

Tonya Reaves

Tonya Reaves, victim of legal abortion

Tonya Reaves died after undergoing an abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center in Chicago on July 20.

Yesterday, her mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Planned Parenthood.

As previously reported, the 24-year old Reaves underwent a dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortion at 11:00 a.m. on July 20. Following the abortion, she experienced bleeding, but it wasn’t until 4:30 p.m. — five and a half hours later — that she was transported by a Chicago Fire Department ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. During this time, Planned Parenthood never called 911 to get help for Tonya.

Seven hours later, she was dead.

CBS2 Chicago reports that her cause of death was a hemorrhage, and that her death was ruled an “accident”:

Dorsey Johns, Reaves’ mother, claims staff at the Planned Parenthood clinic “carelessly performed” the elective abortion and failed to properly monitor and assess her daughter’s condition after the procedure, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

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.

No word yet from Planned Parenthood regarding the lawsuit brought by Reaves’ mother, although the CBS2 story mentions that Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite had previously issued a statement “immediately following her death”.

Considering that Brite’s statement wasn’t released until nearly 48 hours after Tonya Reaves died, one would be hard pressed to call such foot-dragging “immediately.”

If the past is prologue, don’t expect any statement from Planned Parenthood regarding this wrongful death lawsuit any time soon.

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