CHICAGO, July 23, 2013 ( – The National Black Pro-life Coalition is demanding Planned Parenthood be held accountable for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves, who died last year after the abortion of her 16-week-old child at the Near North Planned Parenthood Center in Chicago.

The NBPC held a prayer vigil on July 20, the one-year anniversary of Tonya Reaves' death. 

The group says that Planned Parenthood is guilty of criminal negligence, depraved indifference, and gross medical incompetence.

To date, no criminal charges have been leveled against the Planned Parenthood facility. One of the pastors at the vigil, Walter Hoye II, demanded that action be taken.

NBPC is calling for legislators to enact “Tonya’s Law,” which consists of greater regulations for abortion facilities to prevent further injuries and deaths like Reaves’. 


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A conference is in the works for later this week to announce the details of “Tonya’s Law,” which the group is formulating with the help of Americans United for Life.

Authorities show that Planned Parenthood held Reaves for five-and-a-half hours as she bled, before having her admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Tests determined the abortionist had left some of her baby’s body parts inside her uterus. 

After doctors removed the residual body parts, Reaves complained of continued pain, which doctors found was due to an abdominal blood clot and an “extensive perforation” of the uterus resulting in a hematoma (collection of blood).

Reaves underwent an emergency hysterectomy and never regained consciousness.  She died in the operating room. 

Reaves’ autopsy revealed that her uterus arrived for examination separate from her body. 

“The second trimester D&E (abortion) procedure is a blind process,” said Dr. Freda McKissic, who spoke at a NBPC press event on July 18. “In other words, the abortionist cannot see inside of the womb to determine what part he’s grabbing.” 

“I can tell you injury to the mother is a known complication of the D&E procedure,” she said. “And for Tonya, the injury caused her death.”

Dr. Deborah Honeycutt, who also spoke at the July 18 event, said Tonya's safety  “was not guarded” by the abortion facility.

The Thomas More Society filed a complaint against Planned Parenthood with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation on behalf of the Pro-life Action League, charging the abortion provider with abandonment of a patient.  


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