As health care facilities across the country cancel all elective procedures to save space and resources for Wuhan virus patients, Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry organizations are forging ahead with elective abortions, despite the risks and state mandates.
As part of their response to the spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus, Ohio and Texas have issued directives to stop all nonessential surgeries in those states, including abortion on demand. But in Ohio, Planned Parenthood is ignoring the orders.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent letters to two abortion facilities, Women’s Med Center in Dayton and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s Cincinnati Surgery Center, ordering them to stop providing any services, including abortion, that require the use of personal protective equipment. The Ohio Department of Health is seeking to preserve protective gear for medical personnel fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Planned Parenthood of Ohio said its doors will remain open. In a statement, it said it is complying with the Ohio Department of Health’s mandate to reduce the use of equipment in short supply, but will “continue providing essential procedures, including surgical abortions.”
Planned Parenthood cares about your health and safety. We are committed to providing the reproductive health care services you need. pic.twitter.com/E7nDO1dpFz
— Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (@PPGreaterOH) March 22, 2020
Planned Parenthood For America tweeted that abortion “must remain” an “essential” medical procedure during this health crisis.
Abortion is an essential and time-sensitive medical procedure — and it must remain so during this public health crisis. Delays or additional barriers to care can make it more difficult or even impossible for patients to access safe, legal abortion. #COVID19
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) March 24, 2020
As hospitals prepare to make room in their intensive care units and emergency rooms, many Americans’ scheduled medical procedures are canceled or postponed. Yet Planned Parenthood is refusing to do its part in the public health crisis by depleting medical resources and potentially sending women who face abortion complications to already overextended emergency rooms.
Abortion activists took to social media to advocate for the continued practice of chemical abortions, which they claim are “safe,” during the coronavirus crisis. Common side effects of non-surgical or chemical abortions are incomplete abortions, hemorrhaging, and infection, for which women, especially poor women, ultimately seek treatment in emergency rooms. Some studies have shown that as many as 5 to 7 percent of all women obtaining chemical abortions will require surgical procedures.
For patients who need early abortions but can't leave their homes, telemedicine provision of medication abortion is a solution. As I told @vice, it really just doesn’t make sense to continue to restrict this safe practice that is well-liked by patients.https://t.co/ZLPdkJdQeN
— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) March 23, 2020
Any dr should be able to prescribe Mife. Drop the REMS NOW. It’s unnecessary. HHS and FDA have real issues to deal with.
— Robin Marty (@robinmarty) March 17, 2020
FDA needs to END REMS ON MIFE NOW. Customs needs to stop trying to delay RU-486 packages at the borders. All abortion restrictions are doing is creating virus spread and burdening current and future health systems. THEY WILL LITERALLY KILL PEOPLE.
— Robin Marty (@robinmarty) March 19, 2020
On Tuesday, a coalition of more than 50 pro-life leaders sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, warning of the abortion industry’s exploitation of the current national health crisis and calling on all public health officials to oppose the promotion of abortion amid the pandemic.
“In acts of manifest fearmongering and self-interest, [Planned Parenthood] is exploiting the anxiety of women and couples by continuing to promote abortion in communities across the country,” the letter read. The pro-life groups believe that ceasing all chemical and surgical abortions, “will protect women who will, without doubt, need follow-up care, including infection treatment and transfusions, from the nation’s emergency care centers and hospitals.”