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Another Planned Parenthood Victim!

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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Planned Parenthood Waited Five Hours Before Sending Abortion Victim to ER

New documents a local CBS television station obtained in the case of a young African-American woman killed in a fatal botched legal abortion show Planned Parenthood waited over five hours before sending the woman to a local hospital for emergency care.

Steve Miller of the CBS news affiliate WBBM has released a new report showing documents released in the botched abortion death of Tonya Reaves that alarmingly shows Planned Parenthood delayed summoning emergency care for the dying woman for five and a half hours after the abortion failed.

At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Reaves received a second-trimester dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion at Planned Parenthood, located at 18 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Following the abortion, Reaves began bleeding heavily and it continued at Planned Parenthood for five and a half hours before a Fire Department ambulance finally took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 4:30 p.m., according to Miller.

Then, once the young woman arrived at the hospital, the reports make it appear emergency personnel had to start from scratch to figure out the extent of Reaves injuries.

“Then at 5:30 p.m., doctors performed an ultrasound, and another dilation and evacuation procedure – basically, another abortion – this time at Northwestern,” Miller reports. “But after that, there were then more problems, and pain. That warranted a new ultrasound, and a perforation was discovered. At 10:12 p.m., Reaves was taken back to surgery – and “an uncontrollable bleed was discovered,” documents say.”

Responding to the report, Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, said, “It is clear that Planned Parenthood botched the procedure that resulted in uncontrolled bleeding then failed to treat the hemorrhage while Reaves was at their clinic, allowing her to bleed for over five hours before finally calling for help.”

“There can be no doubt that this delay contributed to her death,” Newman argues. “The injury and the untreated hemorrhage happened at Planned Parenthood and they are solely responsible for it.”

Newman, in a press statement to LifeNews, quotes Dr. James C. Anderson, M.D., a 30-year veteran emergency room doctor who said abortion clinics never informed him about their patients’ conditions.

“I have always had to evaluate the situation, come to my own conclusions, and initiate what I thought was appropriate treatment. This definitely created some time delays that were not in the patient’s best interest,” stated Dr. Anderson. “These delays can have life-threatening implications when dealing with hemorrhage or infection.”

Newman says the lack of information proved fatal for Tonya Reaves.

“Planned Parenthood butchered Tonya Reaves, delayed her access to emergency care, then left the emergency room doctors to figure out what happened to her. By the time they discovered the true extent of her injuries, it was too late to save her life,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood is trying to minimize their responsibility for Reaves completely avoidable death that appears to have resulted from a combination of their negligence, delay – possibly for the purpose of cover-up – and lack of communication with emergency providers. That abortion clinic is dangerous and should be closed. The abortionist should not be allowed to continue to inflict harm on women and should have his medical license revoked.”

Newman concluded: “We again call on President Obama to stop protecting Planned Parenthood and halt all Federal funding to the abortion giant in order to prevent other women from suffering Tonya Reaves’ fate.”

Reaves’ family has obtained an attorney who is looking into a potential civil lawsuit against Planned Parenthood on the family’s behalf.

A leading member of Congress who has already started the process of investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business related to Medicaid fraud and potentially hiding cases of sexual abuse of minors says it should be probed over a recent abortion death.

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/26/planned-parenthood-waited-five-hours-before-sending-abortion-victim-to-er/

Woman Dies After Second-Trimester Abortion at Planned Parenthood

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/23/woman-dies-after-second-trimester-abortion-at-planned-parenthood/

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http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/07/24/documents-shed-light-on-womans-death-after-abortion/

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imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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 simple frown

imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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 RIP Tonya.

 


"By not being opposed to evil you endorse evil. Likewise those who say, 'Nobody is pro abortion. We're just pro choice' are guilty of self deception. They are indeed pro abortion ...."

- Fr. Dwight Longenecker

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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Quoting imamomzilla:

 simple frown

A young woman & her unborn baby are dead and she left a 1 y/o son behind. Sad beyond words!

imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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 But, but, but.....I thought PP didn't perform abortions!

"Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood abortion clinic"

imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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 They let her bleed for 5 + hours. That's unconscionable!

Prayers go out to her family. I hope the sue BIG TIME.

Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting imamomzilla:

 simple frown

A young woman & her unborn baby are dead and she left a 1 y/o son behind. Sad beyond words!

 


 



"How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers." - Mother Teresa




 

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM
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Quoting imamomzilla:

 But, but, but.....I thought PP didn't perform abortions!

"Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood abortion clinic"

When an organization profits $$$ billions from killing unborn children, dishonesty is trivial to them.

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Wow.  That is sad.  I was always a huge supporter of PP because women need a friendly environment to go to.  But since at least the mid 2000s they have really took a turn for the worst.  I wonder what happened?

imamomzilla
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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 Where are all the Pro Choicers showing their support for this "safe, medical procedure"?

*crickets

"The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."









"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."


-Mother Teresa



 





 

PamR
by Platinum Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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Tonya Reaves’ death: Right-wing abortion exploitation

A woman's death in Chicago is a new flashpoint in the abortion wars. But the right is once again ignoring the facts

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Tonya Reaves' death: Right-wing abortion exploitationTonya Reaves, right (Credit: AP/Facebook)

Her name was Tonya Reaves; she was 24, from Chicago and pregnant. Last Friday, she died of a hemorrhage at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Because her death, ruled an accident, occurred hours after she had an abortion at Planned Parenthood and was rushed to the hospital, it was almost instantly seized upon by opponents of abortion rights as an example of the dangers of abortion. That’s despite the fact that, according to the most recent data, a woman is 14 times more likely to die in childbirth than from abortion-related causes.

On Tuesday, Cliff Stearns, the Republican congressman from Florida who is already attempting to bring down Planned Parenthood via investigation, told Fox News, “I would like to put them under oath. I would like to find out how they spend our half a billion dollars, and I would also like to explore some of the safety aspects, particularly in light of this death, of this tragedy.” When, the same day, Barack Obama reiterated his support for Planned Parenthood on the campaign trail – “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own healthcare choices” – Operation Rescue saw an opening that involved exploiting a woman’s death and racial politics.

Troy Newman, the group’s president, told LifeNews that the president had “disrespected Tonya,” adding, “We have to wonder how Mr. Obama would have felt if that had been Malia or Sasha bleeding to death on that abortion table.” Then he threw in Trayvon Martin for good measure: “Apparently for Mr. Obama, a black man who is killed by a white man is worthy of justice, but a black woman killed by a campaign contributor is something that we should give no regard.”

According to the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, during the most recent five years (2000-2004) for which there is data, 27 black women in Illinois died of pregnancy-related causes, a period in which only one white woman died of the same causes. So far as I could learn, no one called a national investigation into their tragic deaths or made them into a campaign issue.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement saying, “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.” Reaves’ family has hired a lawyer with the intention of finding out what happened after the cervical dilation and evacuation – a term that generally denotes a rarer, second-trimester abortion – and whether Planned Parenthood or Northwestern Memorial could be held responsible.

Oddly, the ABC News report about the case took the time to interview two doctors, who correctly pointed out how rare abortion-related deaths are, but left as conjecture the following statement from one of them: “It probably happens less often than people dying just having full-term childbirth.”

Not “probably” – demonstrably.

A study published in February in Obstetrics and Gynecology drawing on CDC data and Guttmacher Institute surveys concludes, “The pregnancy-associated mortality rate among women who delivered live neonates was 8.8 deaths per 100,000 live births. The mortality rate related to induced abortion was 0.6 deaths per 100,000 abortions.” While there may be some underreporting on either side, that’s a pretty dramatic difference. (Guttmacher says that “fewer than 0.3 percent of abortion patients experience a complication that requires hospitalization.”)

One of that study’s co-authors, David Grimes, told me this week, “Childbirth remains much riskier; that has been the case since the CDC started gathering data on it.” He says the ratio has been growing: “Abortion has gotten very safe, and childbirth remains quite risky still.”

And those figures are just counting the pregnancies that end in childbirth or termination. Grimes co-authored another study, in 2006, that looked at pregnancy-related deaths in general. It found that abortion and miscarriage together were “associated with the lowest risk, live birth intermediate risk, and ectopic pregnancy and fetal death the highest risk” to a pregnant woman’s life.

According to the most recent estimates from the World Health Organization, unsafe abortion, largely in countries where the procedure is illegal for “pro-life” reasons, accounts for 47,000 women’s deaths annually. And, of course, there’s a reason the coat hanger is iconic in the United States. Before New York state decriminalized abortion in 1970, a quarter of childbirth-related deaths among white women in New York City in the early 1960s were due to abortion. Among women of color, the figure was one in two. A more recent example of the impact of legal abortion services on reducing death comes from Romania, which banned abortion in 1966. During the two decades that abortion was illegal, abortion-related mortality shot up sevenfold, to 148 deaths per 100,000 live births. In 1989, the ban was lifted; by 2002, the mortality rate was nine deaths per 100,000 births.

None of this will comfort the Reaves family, of course. And no amount of evidence will stop conservatives from using her death for baseless political posturing that ultimately shows a profound contempt for women’s actual lives and safety.

PamR
by Platinum Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The Death of Tonya Reaves Is Not an Argument for Banning Abortion

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Anti-choice protestors make their case.

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed regularly in this country, especially if you're lucky enough to be able to get one early instead of being slowed down by lack of access and legal obstacles. Unfortunately, small risk doesn't mean no risk: Tonya Reaves, a 24-year-old Chicago woman, died last week after hemorrhaging during a second-trimester abortion. She was rushed from a Planned Parenthood to the hospital as soon as things went wrong, but they were unable to save her.

Reaves' death is incredibly sad, and it stands out in no small part because abortion-related deaths in this country are so rare. But despite that the alternative to abortion—childbirth—is 14 times more dangerous than abortion, anti-choicers are seizing on the Reaves case to issue the usual demands that legal abortion be banned and that Planned Parenthood lose its funding for contraception services. The whole thing might seem strange to people not entirely familiar with the weird fantasyland of the anti-choice movement. If they believe that abortion is murder, it doesn't make sense for them to make martyrs of women who, in their own framing, are murderers. But in this instance at least, the argument of anti-choicers is that women are victims of abortion providers and can't be held responsible. (If you start from the assumption that motivates the anti-choice movement—that women aren't intelligent enough to make their own choices—this makes a lot more sense.)

The preening claim of anti-choicers using Reaves' death to score points is that they're in this to protect women. To evaluate this claim, it helps to imagine if we applied their approach to another huge cause of pregnancy-related death, the one I mentioned above: childbirth. If activists trying to reduce stillbirths were to take the anti-choice approach to abortion, this is how they'd go about it: First, they'd demand an end to childbirth, on the grounds that without childbirth, you don't have childbirth-related deaths. Then they would blame doctors and midwives—who offer safe, clean childbirth care—for maternal mortality and demand that the government immediately jail anyone caught assisting women in childbirth. They would push the government to defund any pregnancy prevention programs on the grounds that gynecologists who prescribe birth control have the ability to deliver babies and therefore are dangerous characters that need to be put out of business.

Of course, what would happen immediately upon the implementation of their policies is that childbirth death rates would go up. (Well, as long as they weren't successful in putting an end to childbirth altogether—stay with me.) Desperate women would hire untrained black-market childbirth assistants who work in unsterilized places, leading to many deaths. Many other women would, unable to find these black-market people, just try to give birth unassisted at home, leading to their deaths and the deaths of their children. Faced with these numbers, the activists who wanted to ban childbirth assistance would retort by saying, "See? Childbirth is dangerous. You shouldn't do it," while insisting that abstinence is the only way to end maternal mortality. We'd begin to wonder if perhaps they were less interested in keeping women safe and more interested in punishing women for having sex in the first place. 

It sounds ridiculous, but that's exactly how the war on legal abortion is playing out. There are plenty of things you can ban, from fen-phen to assault rifles, and you'll see usage decline, so banning abortion initially seems like it would work to stop abortion. But the statistics show that abortion bans are actually counterproductive, as abortion rates are higher in countries where the procedure is banned. More importantly, the least effective way possible to reduce abortion death rates is to criminalize abortion and restrict access to contraception. Most of the 47,000 women around the world who've died from abortion-related complications live in places where abortion is illegal or highly restricted and contraception is hard to get. Reaves, sadly, is the exception. If you really care about people dying from abortion, you don't bust your ass to make sure it happens more often.

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