Another Senseless, Preventable Death Lies At The Door of Planned Parenthood

From the Life News website:

A young woman has died after having a second-trimester abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic. Tonya Reaves, 24, died late Friday night, according to a local CBS television station, of hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, according to the medical examiner’s office following an autopsy after the abortion that claimed her life.

CBS Chicago said Reaves died after the abortion she had at 18 S. Michigan Avenue Planned Parenthood facility. The woman was transported from the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:20 P.M.

An autopsy conducted Saturday determined that she died from hemorrhage following a Dilation and Evacuation abortion. The D&E abortion method is one employed in pregnancies that have advanced beyond the first trimester. In involves opening the cervix and removing the pre-born baby by dismembering him or her. The Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood advertises abortions up to 18 weeks.

My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family members, including this young lady’s one-year-old son and her twin sister.  I genuinely hope that they will consider following through with requests for an investigation into any acts of negligence on the part of Planned Parenthood.

I’ve documented in other diaries (here, here, here, here and here) how Planned Parenthood has basically been allowed to consider it’s actions as being above the law and why the organization is being permitted to get away with doing this.

For this diary, I think it is important to take a look at what the actions of the Obama administration have been during the course of the past three years.  The following information from the Family Research Council provides an excellent overview:

Mexico City Policy: January 23, 2009 – In one of his first executive actions, President Obama lifted the ban on U.S. funding for international health groups that perform abortions, promote legalizing the procedure, or provide counseling about terminating pregnancies.

Embryonic Stem Cell Announcement: March 9, 2009 – President Obama signed an Executive Order to lift restrictions on human embryonic stem cell experimentation.

Conscience Rule: March 10, 2009 – Obama administration published its proposal to rescind and eliminate the conscience-protecting regulations passed by the Bush administration in January 2009.

Plan B access expanded to 17 year-olds: April 22, 2009 – FDA accepted rather than appealed a federal judge’s order that lifted Bush administration restrictions limiting over-the-counter sales of “Plan B” to women 18 and older. One of “Plan B’s” way of acting is to prevent implantation of a newly conceived embryo, i.e., “Plan B” can kill unborn children.

NIH unveils new human embryonic stem cell experimentation funding guidelines: July 7, 2009 – The new Guidelines provide an incentive for continued destruction of human embryos, to provide new hESC lines for federal taxpayer funding.

Abortion/Reproductive Rights language changes in international meetings: March, 2009  – Overall international organization language changes, in particular on definition of reproductive rights and reproductive health. Began to be evident at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March, 2009 and continued through until present.

President’s Budget eliminates abstinence education funding: May, 2009 – President Obama eliminates Community-Based Abstinence Education funding from his budget, replaced by a variety of comprehensive sexuality education programs. At present, he never includes in his annual budget funding for abstinence education, creating a ratio of 24:1 for government funding of comprehensive sex education to abstinence education (a small amount was reinstituted by Congress).

D.C. abortion funding: December 17, 2009 – For the first time in 13 years, funding for abortions is restored in the District of Columbia. President Obama makes this happen by signing Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 into law.

Plan B in Military Hospitals: Feb 8, 2010 – The Obama administration issued a new order for the U.S. military requiring all military hospitals and health centers to stock the morning after pill which can kill unborn children by preventing implantation.

NIH proposes further broadening the definition of “embryonic stem cell”: February 19, 2010 – The National Institutes of Health proposed to allow federal taxpayer funding of more human embryonic stem cell lines, providing incentive for further destruction of human embryos.

Healthcare law: March 23, 2010– President Obama signs “Obamacare” into law.  He also signs an Executive Order (EO) said to ban taxpayer funding of abortion.  In fact, an Executive Order cannot circumvent the text of legislation; the Obama health care plan allows for taxpayer funding of abortion. Later, in a media interview, Rahm Emmanuel, Mr. Obama’s former Chief of Staff, admitted that the EO did nothing to prevent abortion in Obamacare.

FDA panel approval of Ella: June 17, 2010 – FDA panel approves the use of Ella, labeled as an Emergency Contraceptive, but which is identical in chemical and operational modes to the abortion drug, RU-486.

Obama Administration approves Ella: August 13, 2010- Late on a Friday evening in August, in a move designed to avoid press attention, the Obama administration announces approval of Ella. The drug is labeled as an emergency contraceptive, but it can kill the unborn by preventing implantation as well as destroying a baby postimplantation.

Obama Administration weakens conscience protection: February 18, 2011 – The Obama Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases revised conscience protections for healthcare workers which significantly weaken protections of conscience for pro-life workers.

President Obama refuses to cut taxpayer funding to abortion-giant Planned Parenthood: April 11, 2011 – The President is willing to decrease family planning money but he will not budge on Planned Parenthood funding, even if it means he must shut down the government.

Obama Administration issues “Women’s Preventive Services” rule (part of Obamacare) which includes abortion drugs: August 1, 2011 – The administration includes Ella, Plan B, intra-uterine devices (IUDs), and “the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives” in the list of items that all insurance companies must cover. They issue a very narrowly defined religious exemption, which will essentially only apply for churches.

HHS denies United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) anti-trafficking grant because they will not refer for abortion: Septmeber, 2011 – HHS gives a competitive grant to programs that scored lower than the USCCB because this group would not refer for abortions.

Obama administration bypasses New Hampshire’s de-funding of abortion giant Planned Parenthood: June, 2011 – New Hampshire voted to de-fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. In October the Obama administration bypassed this decision by directly awarding a $1 million grant to Planned Parenthood. The state filed a formal protest with HHS.

Obama administration denies Medicaid funding to Texas because the state defunded abortion giant Planned Parenthood: March, 2012 – HHS announces it would not be reissuing its family planning extension waiver for the Texas Women’s Health Program (part of Medicaid) because the state de-funded Planned Parenthood.

Obamacare forces insurance agencies to include drugs that cause abortion: January 20, 2012 – Obama administration solidifies August 1 ruling. Still included are drugs that can cause abortion. And the ruling still provides only the narrowest of religious exemptions.

Obama “compromise” February 10, 2012 – After a national outcry from protesters across the political spectrum, the president announces his “compromise” on the women’s preventive services. In truth, he changes nothing in the actual regulation. In March HHS issues another rule requesting feedback on how to facilitate compromise.

Obamacare regulation issued that forces people to pay for abortion: March 16, 2012:  – In its regulation on abortion exchanges, the Obama administration issues a rule where insurance plans that cover abortion will include an abortion surcharge and a secrecy clause.

President Obama appears in Planned Parenthood promotional video from the White House: March 29, 2012. In a video message recorded for Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund, the president promotes the organization. Last year, PPFA was responsible for the abortion of 340,000 unborn children. He does this in the White House, in the Red Room.

Personnel is Policy: January 2009-present – The president strategically placed abortion activists throughout his administration. Examples include naming the stridently proabortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Sec. of Health and Human Services and Senator Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State.

Less well-known players include Ellen Moran, former director of Emily’s List, as the White House Communications Director, and Tina Tchen, former director for NOW, to lead his Women’s Council.

Most recently, in April 2012 the Obama Health and Human Services (HHS) hired former Planned Parenthood spokesperson, Tait Sye, as the Asst. Secretary for Public Affairs for HHS.

Judicial Nominations: January 2009-present- President Obama has nominated many ardent pro-abortion judges to the circuit courts. One of these, Andrew Hurwitz, boasts of having drafted the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling. He named Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. She urged President Clinton to veto the ban on the Partial Birth Abortion.

*Note: this is not an exhaustive list. (emphasis mine)


Did you notice the very last comment…this is NOT an exhaustive list?  That single comment alone speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

President Obama obviously supports a pro-abortion position, which most of us who have been paying attention were well of prior to this time.  The abortion industry is a very lucrative business.  And it’s just a “ball of cells”, right?  /sarc

States that have attempted to implement legislation either defunding Planned Parenthood or requiring the organization to adhere to standard practices within the health care industry have been met with retaliation from the Obama administration via threats of having all access to Medicaid funding denied to the state.

In light of the decision that was made by SCOTUS as it pertains to Medicaid expansion, I find myself asking the following question:

Is it possible that a door of opportunity has now opened whereby states could consider taking actions and implementing regulatory measures on a state-by-state basis that would hold Planned Parenthood legally and morally responsible for any and all acts of negligence without fear of retribution from the federal government led by the Obama administration?

Is it possible that the ruling made by SCOTUS accords this potential by means of precedent?

If that is true, leaders of state government should renew their efforts to ensure that citizens within their respective states are protected to the full extent of the law from the actions of an organization that has, at best, proven itself to be far more concerned with income and eugenic activities of the abortion industry itself rather than protecting and preserving a person’s right to life.