Puerto Rico Shuts Down Pregnancy Center Over Coronavirus, Lets Abortion Clinics Stay Open

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 19, 2020   |   4:14PM   |   San Juan, Pueto Rico

Most businesses and nonprofits in Puerto Rico have been shut down by order of the governor due to the coronavirus threat.

This includes Cree Women’s Care, the only pregnancy center in Puerto Rico that provides life-saving resources to pregnant and parenting mothers and their babies.

Meanwhile, several abortion facilities on the island remain open, supposedly because they qualify as an “essential” service, Joseph Pardo, co-founder of Toda la Vida (All of Life), told LifeNews.com.

“Puerto Rico is under complete lockdown,” Pardo said. “The executive order of the governor calls for all businesses to be closed except ‘essentials’ like groceries, gas, doctors, etc. Everyone must stay in their homes unless they are going to and from one of these places.”

However, he said pro-lifers recently learned that abortion facilities are still open for business, doing elective abortion procedures to kill unborn babies and bringing in thousands of dollars.

Of the seven abortion facilities in Puerto Rico, Pardo said they learned that three are closed, two say they are closed but have been returning voicemails within an hour to schedule appointments, and the two others are open. He said one of the open facilities, Darlington Medical Associates, aborts unborn babies through all nine months of pregnancy – “obviously not essential services.”

Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced’s executive order, dated March 12, states that only essential services may be open March 15 to 30. Non-essential services that defy her order could be penalized with fines of up to $5,000, up to six months in prison and/or loss of their license. Her executive order also enacts a curfew between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. to restrict non-essential travel on public roads.

Pardo emphasized that killing unborn babies is not essential, especially during this global health crisis.

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“Abortion is never essential,” he said. “It is an elective procedure therefore all abortion clinics should be closed during this lock down.”

His organization, Toda la Vida, which is affiliated with the pregnancy center, began a social media campaign to expose the continued abortion practices and encourage mothers to choose life. They also are encouraging pro-lifers to contact the governor’s office to report the non-essential abortion facilities.

Cree Women’s Care provides free services to families in need to encourage them to choose life for their babies. Its services include free pregnancy tests, counseling, education and material resources.

In the United States, abortion activists also are pushing abortions as “essential” medical care, despite concerns about a lack of medical resources to treat people suffering from the coronavirus. While most of the world is focused on saving lives, abortion activists are pushing to continue killing babies in the womb.