Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"I'm from the Government -- I'm Here to Help You."

When Moses asked God to be allowed to see Him face-to-face, God told Moses that if He allowed Moses to do so, Moses would perish on the spot. God transformed Himself into a burning bush, so that Moses could look upon Him without dying.

For 24-year-old Tonya Reaves of Chicago, who simply looked on the face of Big, all-caring Government, it was a true tragedy -- because she did perish shortly afterward.

Only there were few chroniclers to record her passing. Instead, she merited only this laconic report in most news media:
A woman died of injuries she received during an abortion at a local Planned Parenthood clinic Friday.

Tonya Reaves, 24, of the 1500 block of N. Kildare, was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. She was taken to the hospital from the Planned Parenthood clinic at 18 S. Michigan Ave.

An autopsy done Saturday listed the woman’s cause of death to be hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, as well as an intrauterine pregnancy as contributing causes, according to the medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled an accident.

Calls to local and national Planned Parenthood offices were not returned.  
A little Googling enables us to put more flesh on these bare bones. Tonya Reaves is survived by a twin sister, Toni, who told the British news media (who still know how to dig into a story) that Tonya left behind a one-year-old son, Alvin, and a fiancĂ©, and that the family wants to know how he death could be ruled "an accident." From the Daily Mail, where there are pictures of Tonya, and lots more:
The family of Tonya Reaves, 24, is demanding answers after she died suddenly after an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.

Ms Reaves died Friday night of a hemorrhage, the medical examiner said, with complications from the procedure as well as the pregnancy itself as a contributing factor.

Her death was ruled as an accident, but her twin sister and her family want to know how this tragedy happened.

'It happened so fast. She was just fine one day and then the next day she was gone,' Toni Reaves said of her sister's passing to CBS.
The procedure which Tonya underwent at the Planned Parenthood (what a misnomer!) clinic is supposed to be standard for a second-trimester pregnancy, but in this case, the outcome was definitely not routine. According to a pro-life news site:
An autopsy conducted Saturday determined that she died from hemorrhage following a Dilation and Evacuation abortion. The D&E abortion method is one employed in pregnancies that have advanced beyond the first trimester. In involves opening the cervix and removing the pre-born baby by dismembering him or her. The Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood advertizes abortions up to 18 weeks.

While the name of the abortionist responsible for this patient death is currently unknown, Planned Parenthood’s most recent 990 tax forms list abortionist Caroline M. Hoke as its medical director.

This incident follows a report published in the Chicago Tribune in June 2011, that exposed the fact that some abortionists did not report complications at all, in violation of the law. At that time, Illinois officials made no attempt to enforce abortion laws in that state.

“Abortion deaths like this are completely avoidable,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “When a woman bleeds to death after an abortion, it is usually an indication of error on the part of the abortionist coupled with a delay in calling for emergency assistance. Planned Parenthood should be held accountable. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the victim’s family at this time of tragic loss.”
Fot its part, Planned Parenthood was refusing to accept any responsibility, and staying mum on the details, ostensibly because of HIPAA's privacy requirements. According to the statement PP eventually released to the news media:
We were shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this patient.  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. Planned Parenthood of Illinois cares deeply about the health and safety of each and every patient. "We do not publicly discuss private patient matters and we follow HIPAA laws that forbid the disclosure of patient information," said Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite.
Notice how, in the first sentence of that statement, Planned Parenthood has managed to shift the site of Tonya's tragedy from its clinic to "a nearby hospital." This is because Planned Parenthood does not want to endanger its primary source of funding, in the face of repeated calls to prevent our taxes from being used to pay for abortions:
The abortion death took place in President Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago at a time when his administration is working hard to provide funding to Planned Parenthood through the federalized health care system.

“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,” said Newman. “Friday’s death is yet another reason why men and women of conscience across this nation cannot and will not comply with the forced funding of abortion and its intentional violation of religious liberties.” 
So we all pay for abortions without accountability, and Tanya Reeves is the one who ends up really paying -- with her life, to say nothing of the horrific death of her dismembered, ripped-apart-in-the-womb, unborn child. But the grisly irony in this tragedy is left to Christian Newswire to uncover:
It is so heartbreaking and tragic that this young woman believed the continuous lies of Planned Parenthood who state that abortions are perfectly safe.

The truth is that abortion is not safe for the women who experience physical and emotional problems for years and years after having an abortion -- abortion is not safe for the 4,500 innocent babies that are brutally slaughtered each and every day in America, and abortion is most certainly not safe for the young women who die at the hand of an abortionist.

Incredibly, Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist named Margaret Sanger who made it her life's work to limit the growth of the black population in America. She felt so strongly about this she initiated the "Negro Project" in 1939. The objective of the "project" was to infiltrate the black community by presenting birth control, sterilization and abortion as health options for black women.

To this day, Planned Parenthood's billion dollars a year, genocidal formula continues to kill women and children -- with Black women and children being disproportionately targeted for abortion. This is no accident -- it's just business -- a very cruel and bloody business!
To which the only proper reaction is fury -- controlled fury, directed at your legislators, who perpetuate this outrage in the expectation it will earn them votes for their re-election in November. Turn them out, I say. Let your contempt for such pandering express itself at the ballot box: it is time to hold all your representatives accountable!

Tonya Reaves believed that Government would get her out of a jam, for free, but paid the ultimate price for that belief. To encourage such a belief is to make those lowest on the economic scale less and less responsible for their actions -- those who may be least able to accept responsibility in the first place. (As we found out after some digging, Tonya was unmarried, with a one-year-old son, and was engaged to be married.  However, she was in the second trimester of a new pregnancy, from which she expected the Government to free her. It did just that, of course, but not in the way she expected.)

The inevitable dependency to which Government funding for welfare leads was manifest this past week not just in the individual tragedy of Tonya Reaves and her unborn baby, but also on a much more widespread scale. Consider this next news item, out of Cleveland (H/T: Ace of Spades):
A myth that President Obama is giving people money to pay their bills has prompted thousands of people across the country to try to pay for utilities, phone service and loans using bogus bank routing numbers.

United Way of Cleveland's 2-1-1 changed its answering machine Monday to say rumors of the Obama program were false after fielding dozens of calls.

Later that day, a United Way employee was on an RTA bus when a rider stood up and announced to fellow passengers that Obama was paying people's bills. The rider told people they could use the red numbers on the backs of their Social Security cards to tap into the government money. Steve Wertheim of United Way said the woman claimed she had successfully paid her electric bill using the technique.
How credible would you have to be to believe someone who stands up on a bus and announces such a crazy "fact"? Apparently, the hoax soon turned into an identity scam, which took in tens of thousands of people in New Jersey, Louisiana and elsewhere:
The scam began on the West Coast in May or possibly earlier, and then quickly moved east.

The hook — cast through phone calls, e-mails and text messages — was the same. The federal government, in a new stimulus plan, would pay that month’s utility bill. To apply, all a customer needed to do was provide a Social Security number and their own bank routing code.

None of it was true. It was just an identity theft sting aimed at stealing personal information. Plenty of people, though, took the bait.

In Louisiana and Texas, Entergy Corp. reported about 2,000 of its customers were conned. Other power companies that cover Tampa, Fla., the Carolinas, parts of Mississippi and several Midwestern states also reported hundreds more being taken in by the phony offer.

But nowhere in the nation was the scam apparently more effective than in New Jersey.
Read on at the link to learn how many credible citizens there are, who are so dependent on their Government to help them out of a fix that they will grab for any ruse that sounds like something Obama might do for them, and willingly part with their Social Security and bank account numbers, to their ensuing regret.

Are they any the wiser for the experience? Only until the next "too-good-to-be-true" story comes along to ensnare them. Apparently, the susceptibility to such scams is directly proportionate to people's ignorance about where the government gets its money:

In the face of stories such as these, it is best to recall the wisdom of another Cleveland -- that long-ago, famously skinflint president, Grover Cleveland (who actually vetoed more bills during his first and second terms than any other president before or since):

"If the Government supports the people," he said in one of his veto messages to Congress, "who will support the Government?"

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