Abortion rights advocates don’t think twice about using women who they believe die because of restrictive abortion laws as props for their campaign to make abortion as accessible as bubblegum. What’s kept hush hush, however, is the women who die because of an abortion procedure. Women like Tonya Reaves.
Planned Parenthood has reached a settlement for their part in killing Reaves during an abortion they performed.
(LifeNews) — It is the official opinion of the Cook County Medical Examiner that Reaves’ cause of death “is due to hemorrhage resulting from cervical dilation and evacuation due to an intrauterine pregnancy.” In plain language, Reaves bled to death as the result of a bungled D&E abortion. The pregnancy itself did not contribute to her death.
[Operation Rescue president Troy] Newman said the autopsy reveals the following:
- She was a healthy woman who was approximately 16 weeks pregnant at the time of her abortion, well into the second trimester.
- She suffered from an incomplete abortion. The Medical Examiner discovered pieces of placenta still attached to the inside of her womb even after a second abortion done by the hospital to remove fetal remains left by Planned Parenthood.
- She suffered a 3/16 inch uterine perforation near forcep impression marks. D&E abortions involve dismembering the baby in the womb and removing the pieces with forceps.
- She suffered an “extensive” perforation of her broad uterine ligament with a possible severing of her left uterine artery as a result of her abortion. This accounted for the internal bleeding that was discovered only too late by the hospital trauma team.
- There were 1-1.5 liters of blood and clots inside her abdominal cavity. The human body holds roughly five liters of blood. Reaves bled about 30 percent of her total volume of blood into her abdomen, and that does not account for the amount of blood lost through what was likely substantial vaginal bleeding due to the retained fetal remains.
- In a vain attempt to save her life, the hospital trauma team performed an emergency hysterectomy on Reaves.
While cases like this may be rare, what isn’t rare is abortions that cause lasting physical and psychological injuries. Shockingly — not really –, abortion providers persistently resist legislation aimed at making abortion safer, such as requiring the doctors to have admitting privileges to area hospitals and meeting ordinary medical cleanliness standards.
For how much longer will we allow an industry that ends the lives of innocent human beings at their mother’s behest to propagandize those who die because they didn’t get an abortion, and at the same time ignore or dismiss cases like Reaves’?