Last month, TheBlaze told you about the tragic story surrounding Tonya Reaves, a 24-year-old woman who died after receiving an abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic. Now, in the wake of her death, one pro-life group is demanding that a criminal investigation be launched after alleging that clinic staffers failed to call 911 to report the complications.
As previously reported, Reaves passed away 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' demise, but the details initially seemed murky. The death is being ruled an accident.
Operation Rescue, a non-profit that works to end abortion, is taking aim at Planned Parenthood, claiming negligence and a failure to alert emergency workers of the botched abortion. The organization purportedly confirmed with the Office of Emergency Management and Communications for the City of Chicago that only one call was made to 911 on July 20, the day of the incident.
However, this call allegedly had nothing to do with Reaves, who perished later that evening (the abortion was performed around 11 a.m.). The Christian Post has more about the details surrounding Reaves' treatment and death in the wake of the botched abortion:
It was not until 4:30 p.m. when a fire department ambulance took the 24-year-old woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Doctors performed an ultrasound, then another D&E procedure but more problems arose. Another ultrasound was performed at which point they discovered a perforation. At 10:12 p.m. an "uncontrollable bleed" was discovered when she was taken back to surgery.
Reaves was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m.
"This information shows gross negligence in the way Planned Parenthood managed Reaves' medical emergency. Delays in getting her the care she needed were intentional," said Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy advisor for the group. "It crosses the line into what is likely criminal conduct."
Operation Rescue got a hold of the single 911 call. It can be heard here. In it, there is no mention of Reaves' condition. Instead, the caller reports an incident involving a 16-year-old girl who was purportedly assaulted by her mother. As a result of these factors, Operation Rescue is advocating for a criminal investigation into the clinic's operations.
The organization has also put together a video timeline of Reaves' plight to further show what it believes is carelessness on the part of Planned Parenthood. Watch it, below:
Operation Rescue isn't the only group looking to clear up the details that unfolded that day. Reaves' family, too, has been seeking answers.
“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.”
Last month, TheBlaze also noted that 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.”
While some are holding Planned Parenthood responsible for not reporting the incident, there are no details regarding when, in fact, Reaves started experiencing complications. It is entirely possible that she was already home or had left the clinic when the situation turned dire.
Pending a legal drama unfolds, some of these more uncertain elements were certainly come to light.
(H/T: The Christian Post)