So Sad! Family Seeks Answers After 24-Year-Old Tonya Reaves Dies Following Abortion

July 23, 2012  |  


The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion group, says less than 0.3 percent of abortion patients experience complications that require hospitalization. So, when 24-year-old Tonya Reaves opted to abort her baby during the 12th week of pregnancy, she likely didn’t realize she was making a fatal decision.

NewsOne reports:

Tonya Reaves died Friday night, after having a second trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago, according to CBS Chicago. Now her twin sister and other family members want answers as to what happened during the abortion procedure that went awry.

An autopsy revealed that the 24-year-old woman died from a hemorrhage after a dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure, which is typically done for women in their second trimester (second 12 weeks) of pregnancy. A D&E ends a pregnancy and involves the dilation of the cervix and surgical removal of the fetal tissue from inside the uterus.

“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,” Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, told Life News in a statement Sunday. “Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victim’s family at this time of tragic loss.”

Tonya leaves behind a one-year-old son and fiance. Planned Parenthood commented on Reaves’ untimely death in a written statement:

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, said Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite.

Some are calling this death a freak accident during a routine procedure, while others are saying it’s just another example of the danger of abortion and evidence why it should be outlawed in this country.

Planned Parenthood offers many services for women but is an extremely popular abortion provider. Abortion remains a hot topic for the past several decades and, as a result, the company has both strong supporters and strong opposers in this country.

For Tonya’s family, it’s not about pro-choice or pro-life. Tonya’s twin, Toni Reaves, told CBS-Chicago that 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.

She says she will not rest until she finds out what happened to her best friend. “We were born the same day. She was my other half.”

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