Chicago Authorities Obscuring Info in Planned Parenthood Death

August 16, 2012
by Peter Grady –

Chicago officials appear to be helping Planned Parenthood obscure the truth about a black woman who died at their offices while obtaining an abortion.

Last month it was revealed that Tonya Reaves died after being left for several hours after staff at the eugenicist founded organization’s Chicago facility tore a hole in her uterus. The facility eventually decided to call an ambulance for the woman, but she later died from extensive hemorrhaging, leaving behind a one year old son.

Following Reaves death, pro-life organizations have called for the abortion giant to be prosecuted for the death.

Walter Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation said the company’s decision to have Reaves wait several hours before calling for medical assistance showed the “indifference” of the organization towards human life.

“At a minimum, Planned Parenthood was criminally negligent when they left Tonya bleeding in their facility for more than five hours. Planned Parenthood’s lack of action demonstrates a depraved indifference for the life of this young woman. Planned Parenthood must be held accountable for the death of Tonya Reaves,” Hoye said.

According to LifeNews, documents reveal that despite the woman being diagnosed with uncontrolled bleeding, Planned Parenthood never called 911 over the issue.

Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act revealed that only one 911 call was made that day from the clinic for an unrelated issue.

“Planned Parenthood’s unfathomable negligence in the death of Tonya Reaves raises numerous questions that demand answers,” John Jansen with the Pro-Life Action League said. “Why didn’t Planned Parenthood call 911 immediately once Tonya Reaves started experiencing complications following her abortion?”

“Did Planned Parenthood call a private ambulance company instead of calling 911? If so, why? It was a Chicago Fire Department ambulance that ultimately transported Tonya Reaves to Northwestern Memorial Hospital — five and a half hours after her abortion. If Planned Parenthood didn’t call 911, who notified the Fire Department and told them to send an ambulance?” Jansen asked. “Does Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center have a medical emergency policy? If so, was it followed in the case of Tonya Reaves?”

He noted that because of a loophole in state law Planned Parenthood clinics are unlicensed and not subject to any state inspections.

President Obama has been a supporter of the organization and it now appears as if authorities in Chicago are attempting to prevent the release of additional documents revealing the clinics culpability in Reaves’ death.

WND reported that on July 23, the Life Legal Defense Foundation confirmed that Operation Rescue issued a formal public records request for Reaves’ autopsy report.

Government officials stated they were rejecting the request because OR did not have a subpoena or family authorization to view the records.

However, Life Legal said that explanation does not hold water. “Illinois law specifically states that all records in the custody or possession of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection or copying, and nowhere does the state exempt autopsy reports from compliance.”

The legal group also noted that the Freedom of Information Act Guide for Law Enforcement published July 12, 2012, by the Illinois office of the attorney general “specifically states that autopsy reports are public records and should be released.”

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