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2nd lawsuit filed after Tonya Reaves’ death

Charlie Butts   ( Thursday, January 10, 2013

Five months after Tonya Reaves death following a second trimester abortion, details aren't complete on the circumstances. It may take lawsuits to make that happen in the death of Tonya Reaves.

Reaves, 24, walked into a Chicago Planned Parenthood for an abortion July 20 and died late that night at a hospital. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue explains why he believes the death to be a tragic one.


"She could have easily survived this, but she was left to bleed to death for 5 ½ hours before Planned Parenthood finally brought her to a hospital, and even a Level-2 trauma center couldn't figure it out before it was too late," he tells OneNewsNow.

A staff member called an ambulance about the time their shifts were over. Surgeons found an incomplete abortion, which they completed, and loss of blood from a perforated uterus. They had to perform a hysterectomy, but Reaves died. Operation Rescue demanded an investigation. 

"We went ahead and filed that complaint and we do know that there is at least some cursory investigation into it, although a lot of times they just don't have the passion to pursue it: (A) because it's an abortion case, and (B) because we're not the next of kin."

A wrongful death lawsuit has been lodged against Planned Parenthood by Reaves' mother. A second one has now been filed by her surviving son and the boy's father.

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