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By Michael F. Haverluck
A whistleblower case against Planned Parenthood could result in up to $5.5 billion in False Claims Act damages and penalties, and a years-long court fight over a new South Dakota law means Planned Parenthood abortionists there must warn women of the increased risk of suicide if they have an abortion.
Now, pro-life leader Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics is calling on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez of Cook County, Ill., for an immediate investigation of Planned Parenthood for what he alleges is the murder of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves.
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 finally 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.”
To put the situation into perspective, Crutcher draws a similar example to illustrate Planned Parenthood’s culpability in the death of Reaves.
“Imagine that the Chicago police shoot a 24-year-old man and leave him lying in the street without calling an ambulance,” Crutcher visualized. “If that young man bleeds to death a few hours later, the public would be demanding that charges be brought against the officers involved whether the shooting was justified or not. And rightly so. Well, that certainly appears to mirror what happened here.”
Crutcher highlighted the hypocrisy of a couple of society’s black leaders, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who implored Americans several months ago to demand answers and a full investigation into the killing of a black man by a white male.
“These guys were willing to move heaven and earth to get justice for Trayvon Martin, but they write off Tonya Reeves like she never existed,” Crutcher argues. “Someone needs to ask these two why they think Trayvon’s life counts more than Tonya’s. Is it because she was killed by a group of people they happen to like?”
President Obama also highlighted the Trayvon Martin case, saying if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. But he remained silent over Tonya’s death. In fact, Obama criticized likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for fighting to defund Planned Parenthood.
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.
“We pray this tragedy awakens the collective conscience of black America to a wretched and unregulated industry that is profiting from the deaths of children and the deliberate mis-education of young women,” said Frederick Douglass Foundation Chairman Dean Nelson.
Still receiving millions in taxpayer funding annually, Planned Parenthood is seen by black pro-life leaders as the orchestrator of a grand campaign that has worked toward the genocide of African Americans for decades, which they say must be stopped.
“We still believe that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” declared
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.”
More than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services in 2010 resulted in abortions, which numbered nearly 330,000 that year to generate more than half of its revenue. Prominent pro-lifers see what recently happened in the Windy City as not just a local problem, but one that extends from coast to coast.
“The recent death of Tonya Reaves in Chicago is only one example of the tragic havoc Planned Parenthood has wreaked across America,” said Stephen Broden, senior pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship. “They are a threat to our women, children and ultimately our survival. Their influence and presence must be removed from our community.”
Planned Parenthood got more than $360 million from U.S. taxpayers in 2010, a large chunk of its billion dollar total budget.
Which means Reaves’ death won’t even be a blip on its screen.
“Tonya Reaves and her unborn child will become nameless statistics that will inevitably be erased from the abortion industry’s collective memory,” Ryan S. Bomberger, co-founder and chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation, told WND when asked about the latest Planned Parenthood tragedy. “[She] will be yet another swept under the blood-stained rug of history, unless the most corrupt taxpayer funded organization – Planned Parenthood – is finally held responsible for their ‘safe’ actions and is defunded.”
Bomberger also blames Obama, partly.
“Despite quite racially inserting himself into the Trayvon shooting, Obama has remained silent about this tragedy,” Bomberger said. “Isn’t Tonya more reflective of the daughters that he actually has? He is so relentlessly pro-abortion that he can’t see past his warped perception that women are ‘punished with a baby’.”
And Bomberger claims the racial contentions often claimed by progressives to move liberal agendas forward conveniently need not apply to the Democrat-backed abortion provider.
“Where are the racialists now?” Bomberger posits. “Silent. Because in the bizarre world of a liberal, racism exists everywhere but in the only organization that exists to profit through induced death, on a daily basis, and get away with it. Abortion is the No. 1 killer of black Americans, and now, the Reaves family is directly touched by this alarming and avoidable reality.”
Bomberger notes that the Chicago tragedy is just the tip of the iceberg.
“This isn’t the first time, or the last, that black women in Chicago will be harmed by Planned Parenthood,” Bomberger explained. “The abortion giant’s ‘apology’ letter accepted no blame, but instead touted the ‘safety’ of an action that always leaves someone dead. They used the same rhetoric when, in pre-Roe 1972, they funded abortionist Harvey Karman’s work with the disastrous super coil abortion method.”
Bomberger went on to link Karman to the notorious “Shop of Horrors” abortionist who was charged with murder and horrific conditions in his Philadelphia facility.
“Then, as now, women’s lives didn’t matter; making a killing was, and is, the goal,” Bomberger continued. “In that goal, Karman (who was not a trained physician but a psychologist who performed illegal abortions) partnered with the now infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell to experiment on 15 black, low-income women from Chicago.”
It was then recounted that each of these pregnant women (who were in their second trimester) were bussed to Philadelphia, where the super coil abortion method was filmed, using the women as guinea pigs in their experiment.
“Nine of the 13 women were seriously harmed, requiring hospitalization; one woman had to have an emergency hysterectomy,” Bomberger relayed. “Neither Karman nor Gosnell was ever punished for their crimes.”
With the political climate and President’s staunch advocacy of Planned Parenthood, Bomberger hopes that the abortionists responsible for Reaves’ murder will not be let off the hook in a similar fashion.
WND recently reported on Planned Parenthood’s other tribulations, including a federal appeals court ruling that now requires abortionists in South Dakota to tell women they face an increased risk of suicide from having an abortion.
Just weeks earlier, WND reported that a former clinic manager for Planned Parenthood in Iowa had turned whistleblower, and alleged the abortion company’s Heartland branch provider scammed American taxpayers by filing nearly 500,000 fraudulent Medicaid claims over 10 years.
In that case, Sue Thayer, former manager of Iowa’s Storm Lake and LeMars Planned Parenthood clinics, sued the organization under both federal and Iowa False Claims Acts, alleging that Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2002 to 2009 by seeking improper and even illegal reimbursements from Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network.
According to the lawsuit, originally filed in March of last year but just recently made public, Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid.
Thayer’s attorneys claim that if she prevails in the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood could be ordered to pay the United States and Iowa as much as $5.5 billion in False Claims Act damages and penalties.