Reports of a 24-year-old woman dying from heavy bleeding as the result of having an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood reinforce the dire need we have for regulations in the abortion industry. As long as this horrific procedure is legal it needs to be regulated as all surgeries so that a complication such as the one experienced by a Chicago woman don’t mean certain death for two people.
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.
Her death, the medical examiner’s report says, occurred as a result of an abortion at a Planned Parenthood and was ruled an “accident.” But abortion, often claimed to be a safe and easy procedure, is surgery. And as we have said multiple times, surgeries have risks that need medical regulation just as any other procedure. Were those in place? Was there a standby emergency back up plan? Was there a quick way to get Ms. Reaves to the hospital? Time will reveal these answers as the family demands them, but in the end, this abortion killed two people because abortion isn’t safe and easy. Even if every single bit of protocol was followed precisely, abortion is a risky and potentially damaging procedure that endangers two lives, and certainly takes one. All surgery, even when done correctly, is a risk.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite offered condolences to the woman’s family, saying,
“Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient.”
The irony contained in that statement makes me want to cry. Planned Parenthood does not care deeply about the health and safety of the babies it sucks from the womb on a daily basis all over this nation. If it did, 50% of its abortion clients would not leave dead in a medical waste receptacle.
This story is just another reminder to us that abortion, while legal for a time, must be regulated better until we get rid of it entirely. As controversy has heated up in Mississippi over the simple medical requirement to ensure an OB/GYN who is board-certified conducts abortions and has admitting privileges to a hospital, a story like this reminds us why those aren’t some tactic of “anti-abortion extremists” but a placement of proper safety procedures that is the medical industry standard. Whether the Chicago incident could have been prevented or not isn’t even the issue here. I don’t know enough about that case yet, but I do know that abortion is surgery and needs to be regulated as any other surgery as long as its legal.
Meanwhile, please pray for the family of Ms. Reaves. They are suffering as a result of this tragedy. Also pray for answers to be revealed in this and all cases. May Jesus shone His light into the darkness that is in the abortion industry all over the nation.
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LifeNews Note: Susan Michelle Tyrrell is the editor of Bound4Life’s blog.