Chicago Medical Examiner Won’t Release Autopsy of Victim of Botched Abortion

By:  Michael Tennant
08/13/2012
       
Chicago Medical Examiner Won’t Release Autopsy of Victim of Botched Abortion

What is the Chicago medical examiner’s office trying to hide with regard to the death of a young woman following a botched abortion? Pro-life group Operation Rescue, with the assistance of the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), is attempting to find out.

 What is the Chicago medical examiner’s office trying to hide with regard to the death of a young woman following a botched abortion? Pro-life group Operation Rescue, with the assistance of the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), is attempting to find out.

As The New American reported, on July 20 Tonya Reaves, 24, bled to death after undergoing an abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center in Chicago. Planned Parenthood expressed its regrets over Reaves’ passing but has otherwise remained mum on the incident. Pro-life groups, meanwhile, have been trying to get to the bottom of what happened.

They discovered that, first of all, Planned Parenthood kept the bleeding Reaves at the clinic for five-and-a-half hours before calling for a fire department ambulance. On top of that, while Reaves was hemorrhaging, the clinic called 911 — though indirectly through 311, the city’s non-emergency number — to report that a patient’s mother had assaulted her in the clinic but did not bother to report Reaves’ emergency. In fact, the clinic never called 911 about Reaves, perhaps preferring some less public way of getting her to a hospital.

Planned Parenthood also did not inform the emergency room staff about the cause and extent of Reaves’ injuries, forcing them to waste precious time trying to determine those things for themselves. About an hour after Reaves arrived at the hospital an ultrasound revealed that her abortion was incomplete. The hospital performed another abortion, but Reaves’ pain continued unabated. Another ultrasound then showed that her uterus had been perforated. She was taken to the operating room for more surgery, at which time her uncontrollable hemorrhaging was discovered. Just over an hour later — and 12 hours after her first, botched abortion — she was pronounced dead.

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