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Mother Of Woman Who Died After Abortion Sues Planned Parenthood, Hospital

CHICAGO (STMW) -- The mother of a 24-year-old woman who died after an abortion in July filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Tonya Reaves died at Northwestern July 20 after she began to hemorrhage at a Planned Parenthood clinic located at 18 S. Michigan Ave., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Reaves, of the 1500 block of North Kildare Avenue, was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m.

An autopsy found she died of a hemorrhage following a cervical dilation and evacuation performed during an intrauterine pregnancy, according to the medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled an accident.

Dorsey Johns, Reaves' mother, claims staff at the Planned Parenthood clinic "carelessly performed" the elective abortion and failed to properly monitor and assess her daughter's condition after the procedure, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit further claims the clinic did not do enough to stop Reaves' bleeding, and that staff members failed to adequately warn an on-call doctor about the potentially life-threatening condition.

Calls to local and national Planned Parenthood offices seeking comment on the suit were not immediately returned Monday evening.

The suit also blames Northwestern for failing to stop Reaves' excessive bleeding, the suit said.

Carole Brite, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois, released a statement expressing condolences to Reaves' family immediately following her death.

"Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient," the statement said. "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."

A Northwestern Hospital spokesperson declined to comment on the suit Monday evening, citing policy not to comment on pending litigation.

The suit seeks at least $120,000 in damages, including compensation for Reaves' surviving one-year-old son.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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