Planned Parenthood is at the center of yet another huge controversy. Recently, a 24-year-old woman died at one of the Chicago clinics shortly after having an abortion.
It's a tragic story for more reasons than one. It's heartbreaking to hear of someone so young dying unexpectedly, but undoubtedly this family's pain will be used in the ongoing war against a woman's right to choose.
Tonay Reaves was rushed to the hospital after she began bleeding heavily after the procedure. Her death was ruled an accident by the Cook County Medical Examiner, but both her pregnancy and the abortion were listed as contributing factors.
Immediately, Pro-Life groups jumped on the story, villainizing abortion rights as a whole. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, said in a statement to The Christian Post:
In light of this tragedy, which is yet another in a long list of Planned Parenthood abuses, we call on President Obama to immediately withdraw all Federal funding and personal support from Planned Parenthood.
I won't dispute there are risks. There are risks with every single medical procedure. Heck, there are risks with taking birth control pills and aspirin. But the truth of this matter is, legal abortions are typically very safe procedures for women. Less than 0.3 percent of patients have a complication that even requires hospitalization, so a death is incredibly rare in this country. The risk does increase as the pregnancy progresses. Even still, there was just one death in 29,000 when the abortion occurred between the 16th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.
For most women, this certainly isn't an easy choice. There are many devastating personal circumstances that can lead her to it. What Newman and other pro-life advocates propose won't end abortions, it will just increase the number of women who, in desperation, opt for illegal, back alley procedures. Is that really what we want women to have to turn to? That would only result in more deaths, wouldn't it?
Do you think a woman has the right to a legal abortion?
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