Group Calls Again for Investigation of Planned Parenthood After Death of Tonya Reaves
The Thomas More Society reasserted its request for officials to look more closely at the circumstances surrounding the death of Tonya Reaves. The request is part an ongoing effort by the pro-life legal organization to ensure that abortion clinics in Illinois are more closely inspected and regulated.
Reaves was 24 years old when she died as a result of a botched abortion procedure at a Chicago Planned Parenthood facility in July, 2012.
Planned Parenthood recently settled a wrongful death suit with Reaves’ family for $2 million.
The settlement upset members of the Thomas More Society, who filed a formal administrative complaint last February with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR).
“The fact that Planned Parenthood has been allowed to merely pay ‘hush money’ to the victim’s family without any further consequences is a slap in the face to every woman who walks through the doors of the nation’s largest abortion provider,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society.
The law group alleged that the Planned Parenthood facility was supposed to only offer limited services, such as birth control, abortion pills and emergency contraception. Instead, they point out, the facility was offering dilation and evacuation abortions.
That was the procedure being performed on Reaves in 2012 when she began bleeding heavily at the facility. Planned Parenthood eventually had her transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where the procedure was completed but she died of complications from a severed uterine artery.
The Thomas More Society said in their complaint the death was the result of “unprofessional care.”
"Any physician taking responsibility for performing surgery in such a sub-par setting, who inflicts the ultimate 'harm' (death) on his or her patient, is not even remotely 'properly qualified or competent' to render such potentially fatal surgical services, which is 'dishonorable, unethical or unprofessional conduct' or 'questioned activities' that flout regulatory norms,” argued the complaint.
Tom Brejcha, president of the Thomas More Society, said in a statement, last year, "It is IDPR's solemn duty to protect patients from dangerous medical treatments, and Illinois citizens sorely need dependable assurance that Tonya Reaves' tragedy will never be allowed to recur.”
There has been no known action by the IDPR to follow up to the original complaint.