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Planned Parenthood May Face Family’s Lawsuit Over Abortion Death

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/26/12 1:39 PM

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The family of the woman Planned Parenthood killed in a botched legal abortion last week has retained an attorney in preparation for a civil lawsuit against the abortion business.

According to ABC News, the family of Tonya Reaves, the 24-year-old mother of one who died following a second trimester abortion, have sought legal counsel. Reaves died after hemorrhaging late Friday night and was taken by ambulance from the Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic to Northwestern Memorial Hospital at about 11:00 a.m. Friday and was pronounced dead about twelve hours later.

Corey Meyer, an attorney for the family, told ABC, “We’re just trying to get all the facts from the incident and determine what the best course of action is. We’re still getting information.”

“Reaves experienced a complication during the procedure at the reproductive health clinic,” Meyer said, adding the family “is looking to determine whether the actions of Planned Parenthood or Northwestern Memorial contributed to her death.”

Reaves’ autopsy report will not be available for at least a month, the medical examiners said, according to ABC News, so there may be some time before the family knows whether they have a potential malpractice case. Her death, the medical examiner’s report says, occurred as a result of an abortion at a Planned Parenthood and was ruled an “accident.”

An examination determined that she died from hemorrhage following a Dilation and Evacuation abortion. The D&E abortion method is one employed in pregnancies that have advanced beyond the first trimester. In involves opening the cervix and removing the pre-born baby by dismembering him or her. The Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood advertises abortions up to 18 weeks.

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.

Tonya’s twin sister Toni was devastated by the news, telling the television station, “We were born the same day. She was my other half.”

“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.

Reaves’ sister indicated Tonya was engaged to be married and had another son, who had just enjoyed his first birthday.

Troy Newman, the head of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, told LifeNews he is saddened by Reaves unnecessary death.

“Abortion deaths like this are 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. Planned Parenthood should be held accountable,” said Newman. “Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victim’s family at this time of tragic loss.”

Newman said the abortion death follows a recent expose’ published in the Chicago Tribune in June, 2011, that took to task abortion facilities in the state failing to report abortion complications and exposed the fact that some abortion practitioners did not report complications at all, in violation of the law. At that time, Illinois officials made no attempt to enforce abortion laws in that state.

Newman said that, while the name of the abortion practitioner in this case is likely unknown, Planned Parenthood’s most recent 990 Tax Forms list abortionist Caroline M. Hoke as its Medical Director.

In fact, Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite, in a written statement the television station obtained, refused to give further details, saying, “We do not publicly discuss private patient matters and we follow HIPAA laws that forbid the disclosure of patient information.”

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Newman called on the Obama administration to pull taxpayer funding from the Planned Parenthood abortion business because of the death.

“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.”