CHICAGO, September 7, 2012, (Operation Rescue)—New revelations have surfaced in the death of Tonya Reaves buried in a news story about a billing fraud case involving the Planned Parenthood abortionist believed to have been responsible for Reaves’ death.

Abortionist Caroline Hoke was accused of over-billing Medicaid an estimated $430,380 for mostly undocumented services. Hoke was the state’s fourth highest billing Medicaid physician, asking the taxpayers to pay her $3.9 million from 2009-2011, as she served as the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Illinois.


One week after Reaves’ family filed suit against Planned Parenthood, the abortion organization agreed to pay the state $367,000 to settle the Medicaid billing case.

According to the news report, the family sued Planned Parenthood and Northwestern Memorial Hospital after Reaves received a botched second trimester abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood office on July 20, 2012. The Medical Examiner’s office indicated that Reaves died from hemorrhaging after a dilation and evacuation abortion. The full autopsy report has not yet been released, even though Operation Rescue was told by officials that the report was finished but not “finalized” nearly two weeks ago.

Also included as a defendant in the suit is the father of Reaves’ one-year old son, who allegedly pushed Reaves down a flight of stairs five days before the abortion, according to the news report.

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Mystery surrounds the Reaves family suit. New reports repeatedly refer to it, but there appears to be no record that any lawsuit was filed. In a call to the family attorney of record inquiring about the case, he denied such a case was filed.

“When there are this many unanswered questions, you know something is terribly wrong. It appears Hoke settled her billing fraud case in order to clear up controversy and take the spotlight off Planned Parenthood, which was struggling to deal with questions about Reaves death,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “Now it appears Tonya was also the victim of domestic violence. The public need to understand why Reaves died, who is responsible, and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice through legal means. Right now, there are more questions than answers.”

A new video has been released detailing the cover-up of Reaves death by Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama, who renewed his support for Planned Parenthood just four days after Reaves died. Operation Rescue had called on Obama to investigate Reaves’ suspicious death and withdraw support and funding for Planned Parenthood.