A Texas abortionist who sparked outrage in February for saying it “makes his day” to see a woman come back for an abortion just announced that he quarantined himself because he may have the coronavirus.
His quarantine and the redirection of medical resources to combat the virus could mean more babies will be saved from abortions in America.
That abortionist Joe Nelson is sick certainly is not a reason to celebrate, though. Nor should the spread of the virus be a reason to rejoice simply because more unborn babies may live. The virus and Nelson’s illness are tragedies. It also is important to emphasize that Nelson’s life is valuable, just as an unborn baby’s is, even though his actions are wrong.
According to the Huffington Post, Nelson decided to quarantine himself Monday after he started coughing and developed a fever. He is not sure if he has the coronavirus because he has not been able to get access to a test yet; but he decided to quarantine himself anyway for the sake of his patients, the report states.
For at least 14 days, he will not be doing abortions at any of the three Texas abortion facilities where he works. He told the news outlet that many women may not be able to get abortions because of his absence.
“Potentially, it could have a huge impact,” Nelson said. “There are not that many doctors who provide abortion care in Texas. A lot of the doctors that do come in from out of state. In a situation where doctors are less likely to want to travel, if there’s no one to cover me, patients will have to wait.”
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The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group with ties to Planned Parenthood, also noted the potential impact of the virus in a recent analysis. It predicted “a shortage of clinicians who can provide sexual and reproductive health services,” such as abortions. The research group also warned that states with only a few abortion facilities could experience an “extreme strain.”
Every human life is valuable. It is encouraging to see the world working together to protect human beings from this rapidly-spreading virus. Perhaps as Nelson and other abortion activists watch these actions, they may have changes of heart and realize that their lives, the lives of the women they serve and the babies who they help to abort are all valuable and deserving of the same protection.