Pleas for criminal investigation renewed after woman dies of abortion

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A Planned Parenthood abortion business where a woman died after apparently being left, bleeding, for five hours or more had been told on a separate issue to call 911 for help in an emergency the same day Tonya Reaves died, according to a new report.

The result is a renewed call for an criminal investigation of Reaves’ death, according to officials with Operation Rescue.

The organization’s officials said they obtained a copy of a telephone call placed at 12:43 p.m. on July 20 from the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood in Chicago regarding a fracas that developed with a mother and daughter who were at the abortion business.

That situation was unrelated to that of Reaves, who had her fatal abortion at about 11 a.m. at that location on that day, Operation Rescue said.

But the 911 dispatcher in the call is heard admonishing the Planned Parenthood worker for calling 311, a number used primarily to provide information regarding city events and programs, during an emergency.

The mother-and-daughter issue developed when a 16-year-old patient was “physically assaulted” by her mother, and Operation Rescue said the caller indicated abortion business staff members pulled the two apart after they saw the mother kick and hair-pull her daughter.

Part of the conversation, which can be heard at the Operation Rescue website, is as followed:

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?

OR reported the dispatcher “is heard admonishing the Planned Parenthood worker for calling 311, which caused a delay in dispatching aid to the scene.” That means the facility “ignored instructions from an emergency dispatcher to directly call 911 in the event of an emergency in order to prevent wasting precious time,” OR said.

OR said it got the transcript through a Freedom of Information Act request with the Chicago office of Emergency Management and Communications.

“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 adviser for Operation Rescue. “In addition to waiting five and a half hours to get Reaves to the hospital, the further delay caused by refusing to  call 911 as instructed could have been the difference between life and death.”

She continued, “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.

“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,” Sullenger said.

The full transcript also is available.

WND reported earlier when pro-life leader Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics called on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez of Cook County, Ill., for an immediate investigation of Planned Parenthood for what he alleged was the murder of Reaves, 24.

Crutcher cites the Illinois “depraved indifference murder” statute as being more than enough to warrant a thorough inspection of the death of the African American woman – to determine if criminal charges can be pressed against Planned Parenthood.

“If it can be shown that this young woman might have survived if emergency treatment had not been withheld from her for more than five hours, then this was not an accident and it was not medical malpractice,” Crutcher contends. “It was a homicide, and those responsible should be on the evening news wearing handcuffs and leg irons.”

On July 20, Reaves was left for several hours at the abortion giant’s Chicago facility after a staff abortionist ripped a hole in her uterus. An ambulance eventually was summoned, but she died from extensive hemorrhaging.

She left behind a 1-year-old son.

“It is clear that Tonya’s life was less important to these people than the public relations hit they might take from her being hauled out of their facility on a stretcher,” Crutcher said. “And so they just watched her bleed out.”

The National Black Pro-life Coalition also is seeking to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for Reave’s death.

“At a minimum, Planned Parenthood was criminally negligent when they left Tonya bleeding in their facility for more than five hours,” said Walter B. Hoye, who serves as president and founder of the Issues4Life Foundation. ” Planned Parenthood’s lack of action demonstrates a depraved indifference for the life of this young woman. Planned Parenthood must be held accountable for the death of Tonya Reaves.”

And NBPC members also recognize that the unnecessary death of Reaves represents not only an attack on women and their unborn children, but on African Americans in general, who account for 37 percent of abortion deaths each year, even though they represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, pro-life advocates said.

“Surely the African-American community will wake up and stop giving Planned Parenthood a pass,” said Rev. Arnold Culbreath, the director of Urban Outreach for Protecting Black Life. “Too many of our women and children have been butchered at their hands.”

The organization notes that the No. 1 cause of death for black Americans in the U.S. is abortion.

King for America founder Alveda King. “We demand the unjust targeting of the black community by abortionists be investigated and immediately ended.”

“The tragedy in Chicago should never have happened,” said Restoration Project founder and President Catherine Davis. “That facility was not medically equipped to handle a surgical late term abortion. This is about the failure of an organization that holds itself out as a champion of women, and women’s issues to champion reasonable medical standards.”