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, 2012.
On Thursday, the father of Reaves’ son, Alvin Jones, Jr., filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. This is the second such lawsuit stemming from Reaves’ death, as her mother filed a separate lawsuit against Planned Parenthood last summer.
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.
In a few weeks we will commemorate with great sadness the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion at any point during pregnancy. And pro-choice activists will speak of the legalization of abortion as a great victory for “women’s rights.”
But take note. In all of the praise of Roe v. Wade that we’ll hear from Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, NARAL, et al., in the coming weeks, there are some women who will, rather conspicuously, escape mention: namely, women like Tonya Reaves, who have died following legal abortions.
Legal abortion has been no victory for the more than 50 million babies killed in the United States since 1973 — nor has it been a victory for the hundreds of women that we know of who have died after undergoing a legal abortion.