Planned Parenthood is at the center of yet another controversy in Chicago, Illinois, after a 24-year-old woman died following an abortion procedure. Tonya Reaves passed away on Friday evening from a hemorrhage and complications as a result of what CBS Chicago called a "dilation and evacuation."
According to the medical examiner, the pregnancy, itself, was a contributing factor in Reaves death, but the details seem murky. In the wake of the incident, the woman's family is seeking answers. The death, which took place after a local Planned Parenthood clinic performed the procedure, is being ruled an accident.
"We were born the same day. She was my other half," Toni, Reaves twin sister, told CBS Chicago. "It happened so fast. She was just fine one day and then the next day she was gone. We’re just trying to figure out what happened."
Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite responded to Reaves' demise, writing in a statement that the organization is "shocked and saddened" after learning about the incident. "Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient," she continued.
Beyond that, Brite made it clear that the organization wouldn't be sharing further details about the death. She continued:
"While legal abortion services in the United States have a very high safety record, a tragedy such as this is devastating to loved ones and we offer our deepest sympathies. Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient. We do not publicly discuss private patient matters and we follow HIPAA laws that forbid the disclosure of patient information."
Pro-life advocate Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, used the incident as an example of what he believes to be the dangers of abortion. In a statement, he called the death and others like it "completely avoidable."
"When a woman bleeds to death after an abortion, it is usually an indication of error on the part of the abortionist coupled with a delay in calling for emergency assistance," Newman continued, according to The Christian Post. "In light of this tragedy (Tonya Reaves), which is yet another in a long list of Planned Parenthood abuses, we call on President Obama to immediately withdraw all Federal funding and personal support from Planned Parenthood."
Reaves was engaged to be married and left behind a one-year-old son, Alvin.
(H/T: Daily Mail)