Planned Parenthood Ignores Wuhan Virus Health Concerns, Defies State Orders

Planned Parenthood Ignores Wuhan Virus Health Concerns, Defies State Orders

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 For America tweeted that abortion “must remain” an “essential” medical procedure during this health crisis.

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.

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.”

Madeline Osburn is a staff editor at the Federalist and the producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Follow her on Twitter.
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