Group: Abortion Death Settlement 'Hush Money'


The pro-life Thomas More Society is condemning Planned Parenthood's payment of $2 million to the family of a botched abortion victim Tonya Reaves, calling it "hush money."

"The fact that Planned Parenthood has been allowed to merely pay 'hush money' to the victim's family without any further consequences is a slap in the face to every woman who walks through the doors of the nation's largest abortion provider," Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society, said.

In July 2012, Reaves bled to death after a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago.

Last year, the Thomas More Society filed a complaint requesting an investigation into the clinic responsible for the botched abortion, but no action has been taken.

Consequently, the group is renewing its call for stronger abortion clinic inspection and regulation in Illinois.

"Ms. Reaves' tragic death demonstrates the dire need for increased inspection and regulation of Illinois abortion clinics," Breen charged.

"Abortion clinics in this state are not held to the same standards as other outpatient surgical facilities, despite the fact that the average clinic performs hundreds of invasive surgeries each year," he said.

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