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Democrats Don't Care About Women or Minorities


Democrats care so little about minority women that they allow unlicensed facilities to kill them. The old civil rights leaders will protest when someone shoots a black man but do nothing when a doctor in an unlicensed health facility kills a black woman. Nothing better demonstrates the hypocrisy of President Barack Obama than the fact that unlicensed medical facilities are allowed to [mis]treat women in his hometown of Chicago.

When a black man dies a violent death black leaders like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton descend on the location and ask for an investigation while sometimes alleging that racism might be a factor.

On July 20 a 24-year-old black woman named Tonya Reaves bled to death after a botched abortion at an unlicensed Chicago Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic. I've checked Google and can find no indication that either Jackson or Sharpton have protested Reaves' death. Is it because she's a woman? Is it because she died from negligence rather than someone firing a gun? Or is it because they don't believe abortion providers need to be medically competent?

The 14th Amendment requires states to guarantee "equal protection of the laws" regardless of race or sex. Illinois allows facilities run by Planned Parenthood that only treat women to operate without the licensing requirements of facilities that treat men as well as women. Are Jackson and Sharpton ignoring this violation of the Constitution because the denial of equal protection is based on sex rather than race?

Tonya Reaves received a second trimester dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortion at 11 A.M. at Planned Parenthood's Chicago Loop Health Center. She began bleeding after the procedure, but for unexplained reasons wasn't treated until she was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by a fire department ambulance at 4:30 P.M. There is no record that the clinic called 911.

Hospital personnel had to start from scratch to examine her because they received no information about her treatment at Planned Parenthood. According to WBBM's Steve Miller reporting on documents provided by Northwestern: “at 5:30 p.m., doctors performed an ultrasound, and another dilation and evacuation procedure – basically, another abortion – this time at Northwestern. But after that, there were then more problems, and pain. That warranted a new ultrasound, and a perforation was discovered. At 10:12 p.m., Reaves was taken back to surgery – and 'an uncontrollable bleed' was discovered.”

Reaves was pronounced dead an hour later.

Dr. James C. Anderson, M.D., a 30-year veteran emergency room doctor has complained that abortion clinics never informed him about their patients’ conditions. “I have always had to evaluate the situation, come to my own conclusions, and initiate what I thought was appropriate treatment. This definitely created some time delays that were not in the patient’s best interest,” stated Dr. Anderson. “These delays can have life-threatening implications when dealing with hemorrhage or infection.”

In a written statement, Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite said “We were shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient. While legal abortion services in the United States have a very high safety record, a tragedy such as this is devastating to loved ones and we offer our deepest sympathies. Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient. We do not publicly discuss private patient matters and we follow HIPAA laws that forbid the disclosure of patient information.” The statement that Planned Parenthood cares about the health and safety of its patients is an obvious lie. If Planned Parenthood really cared about its patients' welfare it would subject its facilities to the same rigid licensing requirements of other health facilities. Its clinics would be prepared for the known complications of abortions and send patients to a nearby hospital if necessary. Patient privacy rules provide a convenient excuse for not releasing any potentially self incriminating information about how they mistreated Reaves.

Prominent civil rights leaders may have ignored Reaves death, but the daughter of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, brother Rev. A.D. King has spoken out. Dr. Alveda C. King has protested what she calls the "tragic slaughter of Tonya Reaves, a young woman, who was butchered in a Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Chicago?"

King goes on to say the people at Planned Parenthood "are going to a lot of trouble to make it seem that murders like Tonya’s are a fluke. Planned Parenthood promised Tonya a solution to her problems, and they killed her. Now, she is dead; a beautiful victim of the nefarious liars at Planned Parenthood. Yes friends, Tonya and her dead baby are victims. For those who want to point the finger at Tonya and say that nobody made her go to Planned Parenthood, think again. Planned Parenthood is a master of false advertising, and Tonya fell into their trap. They seduce vulnerable women into their web by promising that abortion and killer birth control drugs will solve all of life’s problems. They lie!"

She continued, " I was once a victim of the lies of Planned Parenthood".

One of the arguments for legalizing abortion is that it supposedly would put unlicensed "back alley abortionists" out of business. That isn't the case in Illinois where unlicensed abortionists are able to ply their trade in visible locations. They may use sterilized instruments instead of rusty coat hangers, but patients can still die needlessly. Legalized abortion hasn't put "back alley abortionists" out of business. Legalized abortion merely allows the old back alley abortionists to operate legally.

Competent caring professional health care providers should have recognized that something had gone wrong with Tonya's operation and either provided her the help she needed or taken her to a facility that could help her.

Reaves death isn't anything new. Chicago Sun Times reporter Mary Mitchell recalled that when she was a teenager two of her friends had complications from abortions. They went home afterward, went to bed and bled to death.

Removing any material from deep inside the body is major surgery and should not be taken lightly. Competent doctors recognize that mistakes can happen and things can go wrong for no apparent reason, They must be prepared to take immediate corrective action. Women who experience significant bleeding after an abortion should at the very least stay in a hospital for observation. Bleeding after an operation isn't necessarily the same as the bleeding associated with a woman's period. Bleeding after an operation can indicate a broken blood vessel that must be fixed.

Unlicensed medical facilities are what we might have expected to find serving black residents in southern cities like Birmingham, Alabama, or Philadelphia, Mississippi, during the Jim Crow era 60 years ago. There is no excuse for women of any color to have to rely on unlicensed medical facilities in major cities in the 21st Century.

Democrats falsely claim that by supporting abortion they are doing something to benefit women. The Democrats willingness to allow unlicensed and thus possibly incompetent personnel to provide abortion services that kill women indicates that Democrats don't care about women. If Democrats really cared about women they would have required states to provide women the same protection from poorly run health facilities that states provide men many years ago. If President Barack Obama cared about women he would have already closed down the unlicensed Planned Parenthood abortion mills in his home state instead of allowing them to kill black women.


geekin_topekan 2 years, 4 months ago

I am having a very hard time finding the correlation between Tonya Reeves and Rev. Jackson/Sharpton. An isolated incident concerning a medical accident does not warrant a civil rights movement. Furthermore, I find it difficult to take links to a radical right-winged website that celebrates human suffering to further their cause seriously. It's like Phred's tap dancing on the graves of children to further his cause.

If rghtwingers would strive to make abortion a medical procedure, and accept that birth is NOT, these clinics might have tighter regulations and Tonya might be alive today. But as usual, the right is backarswards and people like Tonya Reeves pay for it with their lives.

Senor Reasonmcwhatever, if you want to stretch a bridge between abortion and race, google GHW Bush's Family Planning Act and see what your tax dollars bought. Race has nothing to do with Tonya Reeves and I may be stretching it a little myself in suggesting that you already know that. Otherwise, leave the drivel to the professionals.

jonas_opines 2 years, 4 months ago

"I am having a very hard time finding the correlation between Tonya Reeves and Rev. Jackson/Sharpton."

Well duh, they're Black!! Are you saying that you don't just group them all together, all of the time, in your head or something?!

scarlett 2 years, 4 months ago

Or die because not aborting a fetus is far more important than the life of the actual born human being, or forcing ten year old girls who at that age are victims of felony child abuse, to have babies regardless of the effect that would have on the girl. Yeah, definitely the republicans care so much.

deec 2 years, 4 months ago

"...the number of reported pregnancy-related deaths in the United States has steadily increased from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to a high 16.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2003, and declined slightly to 14.5 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2007."

riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

Reason-what's-your-face: Please stop writing your stupid blogs that nobody reads. Thanks. River

jonas_opines 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh c'mon, how else would we get such an explicit instruction on how folk like him think?

last word used . . . . loosely

gbulldog 2 years, 4 months ago

Why quote any thing. Just give certain people reason to blalme it one someone or something. If you are "rich" you are to blame for our problems and need to pay more taxes. If you are middle class (some do have investments) or poor, you are to blame for our problems and pay more taxes. Also don't forget the amount of consumer interest to pay to major supporters of the Democratic party.

Gotalife 2 years, 4 months ago

I do believe that this is by far the stupidest blog post I have ever read!!

Glenn Reed 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh, it's par for the course for this guy.

He's.... a special kid....

Kirk Larson 2 years, 4 months ago

Beyond the fact that more women die in childbirth than abortion, maybe their would be more qualified professionals willing to perform abortions if they weren't under threat of murder by right-wing terrorists.

beatrice 2 years, 4 months ago

The author of this blog is a self-identified birther. I think that tells you everything you need to know.

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

just like most gop bloggers.....say something bats%!t crazy to get people to look. please replace this crazy with actual not even national gop does this....

Mike Ford 2 years, 4 months ago

the perspective of the guy with nothing good to add and custer as an avatar... really....

grammaddy 2 years, 4 months ago

If you think this is bad, imagine how you would feel if this became the norm instead of an isolated incident.If the GOP has their way,it could happen every day.

oldexbeat 2 years, 4 months ago

so we've got a party that doesn't really want birth control, doesn't allow abortion, wants no child health care available for all, nor health care upgrades in general, and they say that they are worried about this death ? What a made-up bunch of cr@p.

oldexbeat 2 years, 4 months ago

ps is ljcommunications in such deep financial trouble that they push hateful blogs to get readers ? I've heard there are problems.

Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 4 months ago

Like many on this board, he actually thinks this warped perspective helps his cause, when in fact it demonstrates how radical and out of touch with reality he is, and actually sways many to oppose his viewpoint. Just like a couple of posters here whose hate-filled trollings convince many readers each day to oppose them in every possible way ~ making them the most effective Obama recruiters on the board.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 4 months ago

YSMR? Women are already crossing the border into Mexico for illegal abortions because they can't find a clinic in Texas, thanks to the Tea Party playing politics with the bodies of women in that state, and you want to take one death and blame it on the Dems? If that same Tea Party has their way with their "personhood" legislation and "life begins at conception" BS, abortion will be outlawed even to save the life of the mother and both mother AND fetus will die as a result. Are you for real?

Greg Cooper 2 years, 4 months ago

I once heard that all people who ate mashed potatoes eventually died.

The cause and effect argument you advanced is surely as sensible as the previous statement. Try, please, to make arguments based on proveable, linear facts rather than your own (somewhat vague) beliefs. Your case fails at any level, as do most of your posts, as you mouth reactionary talking points rather than using logic and reason, contrary to your moniker.

Reason McLucus 2 years, 4 months ago

Autopsy results:

    * She was a healthy woman who was approximately 16 weeks pregnant at the time of her abortion, well into the second trimester.
    * She suffered from an incomplete abortion. The Medical Examiner discovered pieces of placenta still attached to the inside of her womb even after a second abortion done by the hospital to remove fetal remains left by Planned Parenthood.
    * She suffered a 3/16 inch uterine perforation near forcep impression marks. D&E abortions involve dismembering the baby in the womb and removing the pieces with forceps.
    * She suffered an “extensive” perforation of her broad uterine ligament with a possible severing of her left uterine artery as a result of her abortion. This accounted for the internal bleeding that was discovered only too late by the hospital trauma team.
    * There were 1-1.5 liters of blood and clots inside her abdominal cavity. The human body holds roughly five liters of blood. Reaves bled about 30 percent of her total volume of blood into her abdomen, and that does not account for the amount of blood lost through what was likely substantial vaginal bleeding due to the retained fetal remains.
    * In a vain attempt to save her life, the hospital trauma team performed an emergency hysterectomy on Reaves.

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