Ambulance arrives at Planned Parenthood same day as woman dies from abortion in another city

Pro-Life Action League is reporting that Illinois has a convoluted system of classifying abortion clinics. Some are listed as Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers (ASTC), others as Pregnancy Termination Specialty Centers (PTSC). Neither category includes Planned Parenthood’s clinics in Illinois. Planned Parenthood is never inspected because Illinois law does not require it.

Two incidents at Planned Parenthood clinics in Illinois this past weekend left one woman dead and one wounded highlighting the danger in giving Planned Parenthood a loophole in the system.


In Chicago, on Saturday, Tonya Reaves, a 24-year-old woman, underwent what has been reported as a dilation and evacuation abortion at Planned Parenthood’s 18 S. Michigan Avenue location. Ms. Reaves was transported, presumably by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she later died from a perforated uterus and excessive bleeding.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ website advertises medical abortions at the 18 S. Michigan Avenue location, called the Loop Health Center, and states that “in-clinic abortions from 6 weeks to 17 weeks and 6 days are available at our Near North and Aurora health centers.”

It certainly sounds like the Loop Health Center does not normally perform surgical abortions, let alone a dilation and evacuation, which is a second trimester procedure, usually requiring two or three visits to the clinic.

The Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled Reaves’ death as an accident. But we would urge her family, which includes her twin sister, Toni, to delve further into the circumstances of Tonya’s death.

Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics should be inspected and regulated like every other ambulatory surgical center. Planned Parenthood enjoys an undeserved respectable reputation and should be exposed as the baby-killing business it really is.

Tonya Reaves deserves a thorough investigation into her death. Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to slip through the cracks of Illinois’ peculiar non-regulation of abortion. We hope this young woman’s death serves as a wake-up call to Illinois legislators to close up the loopholes and consider women’s safety as a priority rather than the protection of the abortion industry.

Ambulance Called to Aurora, IL PP


Earlier the same day, (July 20,2012) as several pro-lifers prayed outside the Aurora Planned Parenthood fortress, an ambulance arrived at the abortion facility.

No one was removed from the clinic or transported in the ambulance. But given that it was a Saturday morning, PP’s busiest abortion time, and they felt something was wrong enough to call for an ambulance, it seems most likely that something went awry with an abortion.

From CBS in Chicago: Family Seeks Answers After Woman’s Death Following Abortion
Updated 07/22/12 – 4:34 p.m

Tonya Reaves

CHICAGO (CBS) – The family of a Chicago woman who died after an abortion at Planned Parenthood says it wants answers about her death.

Tonya Reaves, 24, died late Friday night from a hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, as well as an intrauterine pregnancy as contributing causes, according to the medical examiner’s office.

She died after she’d had an abortion at Planned Parenthood at 18 S. Michigan Av, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Her death was ruled an accident, but the Reaves family wants to know more, especially Tonya’s twin sister Toni.

“We were born the same day. She was my other half,” Toni said.

Toni Reaves said the family is trying to get through this.

“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… what happened,” she said.
Toni Reaves said her sister was engaged to be married and had one son – Alvin – who just had his first birthday.

In a written statement, Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite said “We were shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient.

“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.”

According to The DailY mail: Ms Reaves left behind her one-year-old son Alvin as well as her fiance.

‘We’re just trying to figure out what happened… what happened,’ Toni Reaves said.

Ms Reaves underwent a cervical dilation and evacuation procedure at the Planned Parenthood at 18 South Michigan Avenue, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.

A dilation and evacuation procedure usually takes place during the second trimester of a pregnancy and involves the removal of tissue from the uterus using various devices.

It is unclear if she passed at the Planned Parenthood during the procedure, or afterwards at a local hospital.

‘Abortion deaths like this are completely avoidable,’ said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

‘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,’

While the name of the abortionist responsible for this patient death is currently unknown, Planned Parenthood’s most recent 990 Tax Forms list abortionist Caroline M. Hoke as its Medical Director.

The abortion death took place in Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago at a time when his administration is working hard to provide funding to Planned Parenthood through the federalized health care system.

“In light of this tragedy, 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,” said Newman. “Friday’s death is yet another reason why men and women of conscience across this nation cannot and will not comply with the forced funding of abortion and its intentional violation of religious liberties.”

Also Read: Planned Parenthood doc suspended by medical board after alcohol and drug related arrests was previously disciplined after abortion patient died

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