Was Planned Parenthood licensed to do the kind of abortion that killed Tonya Reaves?

Perhaps not, according to the Pro-Life Action League. The group explained on its website:

Illinois has a convoluted system of classifying abortion clinics. Some are listed as Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers (ASTC), others as Pregnancy Termination Specialty Centers (PTSC). Neither category includes Planned Parenthood’s clinics in Illinois. Planned Parenthood is never inspected because Illinois law does not require it.

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Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ website advertises medical abortions at the 18 S. Michigan Avenue location [where Ms. Reaves deadly second trimester abortion was performed], called the Loop Health Center, and states that “in-clinic abortions from 6 weeks to 17 weeks and 6 days are available at our Near North and Aurora health centers.”

It certainly sounds like the Loop Health Center does not normally perform surgical abortions, let alone a dilation and evacuation, which is a second trimester procedure, usually requiring two or three visits to the clinic.

Why would a facility that does surgery be exempted from health inspections by the state? You'll have to ask those legislators that are under the thumb of the abortion industry and the dogmatic and extremist pro-choice lobby called PersonalPac.

As a matter of simple justice, Ms. Reaves death cries out for further examination, as well as the entire issue of how Illinois regulates abortion. I agree with the League when it says:

Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics should be inspected and regulated like every other ambulatory surgical center. Planned Parenthood enjoys an undeserved respectable reputation and should be exposed as the baby-killing business it really is.

Tonya Reaves deserves a thorough investigation into her death. Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to slip through the cracks of Illinois’ peculiar non-regulation of abortion. We hope this young woman’s death serves as a wake-up call to Illinois legislators to close up the loopholes and consider women’s safety as a priority rather than the protection of the abortion industry.

 

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