Planned Parenthood is good at what they do, and what they do is kill. The staff at Planned Parenthood has become such an efficient team of killers, that they violently end the lives of a whopping 330,000 unborn babies each year in their clinics. Since 1970, Planned Parenthood has killed approximately 5.7 million unborn children. It is estimated that between 11 and 15% of these are second trimester abortions. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is an exciting time for an expectant mother as the baby begins to move and kick, make sucking motions, use functioning organs, nerves, and muscles, develop hair, begin to hear, develop recognizable sex organs, form fingerprints and footprints, and respond to its mother’s voice. To most people, a 2nd trimester baby is a little person.
Last Friday, July 20, Planned Parenthood got a two-fer! Tonya Reaves, a young, 24-year-old mother of a one-year-old went to a Chicago area Planned Parenthood clinic for her 2nd trimester abortion. During the procedure, a cervical dilation and evacuation, (that’s their euphemism for the violent end to a defenseless, little person), Tonya Reaves began to hemorrhage, and died a short time later. According to research performed by the Cochrane Collaboration, approximately 1% of these “safe” procedures result in cervical laceration, and the associated hemorrhaging. This isn’t surprising, given the brutal detail of the procedure.
Dr. Tony Levatino, a former pro-choice OB-GYN described the procedure in a little more detail.
Imagine for a moment that you are a “pro-choice” obstetrician-gynecologist as I once was. Your patient today is seventeen years old and she is twenty weeks pregnant. At twenty weeks, her uterus is up to her umbilicus and she has been feeling her baby kick for the last two weeks. If you could see her baby, she would be as long as your hand from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient is now asleep on an operating room table with her legs in stirrups. Upon entering the room after scrubbing, you dry your hands with a sterile towel and are gowned and gloved by the scrub nurse.
The first task is remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate it sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform. With that accomplished, direct your attention to the surgical instruments arranged on a small table to your right. The first instrument you reach for is a 14-French suction catheter. It is clear plastic and about nine inches long. It has a bore through the center approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter. Picture yourself introducing the catheter through the cervix and instructing the circulating nurse to turn on the suction machine which is connected through clear plastic tubing to the catheter. What you will see is a pale yellow fluid the looks a lot like urine coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This amniotic fluid surrounded the baby to protect her.
With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At one end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ of an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go.
A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can. At twenty weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.
The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a pure white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.
Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose. You just made $600 cash in fifteen minutes.
So Tonya Reaves died during this “safe and legal” procedure. “It happened so fast. She was just fine one day and then the next day she was gone,” Reaves’ twin sister, Toni Reaves, told WBBM News. Ironically, the same could have been said of the unborn child she carried. Toni said her sister was engaged to be married soon and had one son who just turned one. “We’re just trying to figure out what happened… what happened,” Reaves said.
As tragic as the death of Tonya Reaves is, it should be noted that many, many mothers who survive the abortion process experience their own tragedies for years to come, often ending in the same result–death. In a 13-year study published in the European Journal of Public Health, it was reported that suicide rates among women who have abortions are six times higher than that of women who had given birth in the prior year and double that of women who had miscarriages.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ President and CEO, Carole Brite, said in a statement to NBC Chicago on Sunday, “While legal abortion services in the United States have a very high safety record, a tragedy such as this (Tonya Reaves’ death) is devastating to loved ones and we offer our deepest sympathies.” She went on to say, “Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient.”
Really? Every patient, Ms. Brite? I suppose that ‘deep care’ doesn’t apply to the defenseless child destroyed in your clinics.
Last Friday, Planned Parenthood took the life of two human beings, Tonya Reaves and her unborn child. Naturally, Tonya’s death was ruled an accident. But the death of the little person that died with her that day was no accident at all. Unfortunately, there was only one death certificate issued last Friday in that Planned Parenthood clinic.