Chicago, Illinois,  August 7, 2012 ( – Last month Tonya Reaves lay bleeding to death from a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago for five and a half hours, before the abortion giant made provisions to transport her to the hospital, where she later died. During that time, no one at the abortion clinic thought to call 911.

Now, however, new documents and a recording obtained by the pro-life group Operation Rescue, prove that not only did Planned Parenthood not call 911 about Reaves, but they ignored instructions from a 911 dispatcher during a call about a separate emergency that same day, to call 911 directly in case of emergency.

The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications has confirmed to Operation Rescue, in response to a FOIA request, that only one call was placed from Planned Parenthood’s location on that day, and that the call was not about Reaves.


The pro-life group was also able to obtain a recording and computer aided dispatch transcript from that call, which was placed at 12:43 p.m. on July 20. Tonya Reaves underwent her fatal abortion at 11:00 a.m. that same day.

Even as Reaves lay hemorrhaging to death, a Planned Parenthood employee called to report that elsewhere in the clinic a 16-year old patient was “physically assaulted” by her mother. The caller indicated that the staff had to pull the two apart after they witnessed the mother kick and pull her daughter’s hair and threaten her with further harm once her father arrived.


The 911 Dispatcher is heard admonishing the Planned Parenthood worker for first calling 311, which caused a delay in dispatching aid to the scene. The 311 Call Center is used primarily to provide information regarding City events and programs and other non-emergency services.

The following is a partial transcript of the conversation:

Dispatcher: Okay, and once you called – you see, next time you need a police car to come out for any reason whatsoever, you need to call 911.
Caller: Right. Okay. I just –
Dispatcher: That way you don’t waste time with 311.
Caller: I know, I know, I just (laugh) I just hate to use services to make, you know –
Dispatcher: I know. Well, they don’t dispatch police cars. All they do is transfer you to 911.
Caller: Gotcha.
Dispatcher: So you’re waiting in that queue and then they flip you over to our office.
Caller: Right.
Dispatcher: Now I don’t have any of your information. So, what is your telephone number?

“This new information confirms that Planned Parenthood intentionally ignored instructions given to them earlier in the day by an Emergency Dispatcher and refused to employ the fastest means of getting help for their dying patient,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. “In addition to waiting five and a half hours to get Reaves to the hospital, the further delay caused by refusing call 911 as instructed could have been the difference between life and death.”

“This information shows gross negligence in the way Planned Parenthood managed Reaves medical emergency. Delays in getting her the care she needed were intentional. It crosses the line into what is likely criminal conduct,” said Sullenger. “We renew our call for a criminal investigation into Reaves death. If those responsible are not brought to justice, it is only a matter of time before another woman suffers Tonya’s tragic fate.”

Reaves died from hemorrhage caused by a uterine perforation after a second trimester abortion.