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Does Planned Parenthood provide safe abortions?

Since abortion was made legal across the United States in 1973, hundreds of women have been killed as a direct consequence of abortion, many of them at Planned Parenthood facilities.

In one example, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago, Illinois, perforated the uterus of a 24-year-old woman named Tonya Reaves, leading to her death from hemorrhage. No 911 call was ever placed by Planned Parenthood, and there was an inexplicable delay of over five hours between the abortion and her admission to the ER. Her family sued Planned Parenthood for malpractice and received a $2 million settlement in 2014.

Moreover, Planned Parenthood consistently resists state measures that would make their centers safer by requiring them to conform to the same safety standards as other surgical centers—standards which in most states are not imposed on abortion facilities.


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Thomas, Crystal. “State zeroes in on care of 4 patients in Planned Parenthood abortion licensing dispute.” The Kansas City Star. October 28, 2019. Link.

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