Pro-Life Advocates: Do NOT Use Tonya Reaves’ Death To Promote Your Cause

A young woman named Tonya Reaves, a 24 year old from Chicago, died over a week ago of a hemorrhage at Northwestern Memorial Hospital just hours after she had an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Although her death has been ruled an accident, there has been a lot of intense, underhanded leaps in logic being used by Pro-Lifers to suggest that her death is NOT a freak accident or an instance of malpractice –but just a simple, everyday reality of abortion. Not only is that way of thinking utter BS, but it’s sad that they think it’s OK to prey upon an innocent woman’s death to push their point of view down everyone’s throat.

R.I.P. Tonya Reaves

First, let me make it clear that I am pro-choice. One of the biggest misnomers about being pro-choice is that we are all “pro-abortion” and that is nothing more than a childish and un-classy pejorative. I do NOT do the Bankhead Bounce in celebration whenever I hear a woman has gotten an abortion, nor do I bust out in the stanky-leg whenever one of my female friends admits that she has had an abortion before. I do NOT like abortions, but what I REALLY hate is the idea that the state can make unilateral legislation over a woman’s womb – THAT is truly F*^KED up. All Pro-Choice advocates don’t deserve the label of being Pro-Abortion, the same way Pro-Life supporters don’t deserve to be called Anti-Freedom advocates.

But as tragic as Tonya Reaves death is, it should NOT be framed as a discussion on women’s freedom to dictate what happens in their own womb, as much as it should be a discussion about medical malpractice and accidents. Here’s the reality: Damn near any medical procedure can go wrong and result in death. Should the death of Donda West [Kanye’s mother] result in the banning of Tummy Tuck’s and Breast Reductions? Should the death of Mia Amber Davis result in no more knee surgeries? Hell, should the deaths of the 28 women in Chicago who passed between 2000-2004 during CHILD BIRTH result in the banning of having and delivering babies?

Well if you are a level-headed person with common sense, who does NOT have any impetus to use FEAR-based rhetoric to drive home an anti-intellectual point of view, then you will answer NO to those questions above. Her death is extremely sad and unfortunate, and her family deserves answers and a full investigation behind what happened. But entering them into this debate in a vain attempt to gain moral superiority is simply CLASSLESS.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.


  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    07/31/2012 at 5:17 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Do You Think It's FAIR Or FOUL For Pro-Life Advocates To Use Tonya Reaves' Death To Make A Point About Abortion?

  2. longtimelurker

    07/31/2012 at 7:25 AM

    Very classless! By definition, pro-lifers shouldn't be taking advantage of a death to advance their cause. #Ijs

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/31/2012 at 1:23 PM

      Good-Ass Point.

  3. mena

    07/31/2012 at 9:49 AM

    What's sad is that this should be an anonymous procedure and now her name and picture is being plastered everywhere. I used to be pro-life unless in the case of rape. As i have gotten older, i now understand that life isn't always black or white. A gray area does exist.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/31/2012 at 1:24 PM

      Agreed. And That Grey Area Shouldn't Be Decided By The State.

  4. NurseJilly

    07/31/2012 at 10:23 AM

    Couldn't agree more. I think it is an absolute travesty that this young woman's face is being plastered all over the media right now. She, like most women that have abortions likely was not announcing it to everyone she knew and its a shame that she is in my opinion being outed to the world.

    As for the pro-life advocates using this as fuel in their ridiculous fight to essentially strip women of the right to do as they see fit with their own body makes me sick. People die during routine surgeries and procedures all the damn time, hell I saw a man die during a routine colonoscopy once and we don't see people out picketing that they should be banned…

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      07/31/2012 at 1:28 PM

      I Hate How The Family Has Been Manipulated Into Standing Against The Pro-Choice People By Using Their Daughter As An Example Against Abortion.

  5. Adonis

    08/01/2012 at 11:05 AM

    I am pro-life. I believe you should get an abortion if it is life threatening, or you are a legitimate victim of sexual assault or marital abandonment. Real Victim Sh*t

    Accidents happen. That is all this case was. But people with agendas & an "Any Means Necessary" attitude "gon do what it do"


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