Killing Babies in Abortions is Never “Essential,” Not During the Coronavirus and Not Ever

Opinion   |   Father Frank Pavone   |   Mar 27, 2020   |   5:24PM   |   Washington, DC

For months all eyes in the pro-life and pro-abortion camps have been on a Louisiana abortion case currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some observers on both sides of the legal child-killing divide think the Court’s decision could be very significant for the future of legal abortion in our nation.

But now abortion is in the cross hairs of a challenger no one anticipated – COVID19. Because of the pandemic, individuals and institutions are living under new, temporary restrictions, one of which is that in order to marshal medical personnel, space, and equipment to fight the virus, “non-essential” medical procedures should be postponed.

State governments across the nation and individuals from their isolation are therefore faced with the question: Is abortion essential?

For those of us in pro-life, the answer is obvious. Of course abortion is not essential. Pregnancy is not a disease and abortion is not a cure. No disease is eradicated, nor is a single social problem solved. Forty-seven years of legal abortion haven’t eliminated poverty or solved homelessness. Sexual exploitation of women and children has never been more horrific. Child abuse has not gone away.

But abortion has harmed tens of millions of women emotionally and physically, and killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of them. The shockwaves of abortion have extended way past these mothers to touch every segment of our society. Even our environment suffers as abortionists struggle to find ways to dispose of almost a million babies’ bodies every year.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion profiteers — with the backing of the politicians they support and the abortion ideologues bent on population control — insist that abortion must go on. There has even been a suggestion that laws against doctors prescribing abortion drugs via telemedicine be lifted so that more women can turn their own homes into abortion mills.

This is outrageous but it is a predictable reaction from the abortion industry: They consider all abortion medically necessary, because they redefine the meaning of medicine, and regard abortion as a fundamental right, on which no restriction can ever be placed.


Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott has declared abortion non-essential in his state. In the order he issued March 21, the governor said “all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”

The list of “non-medically necessary” surgeries included abortions, with the exception of those necessary to save the mother’s life. But as so many doctors have verified, there is never a reason to kill a child in order to save the mother. There are medical reasons for the child’s early delivery, but never for the child’s death.

Planned Parenthood and their usual co-conspirators are suing the governor and other Texas officials, with acting Planned Parenthood CEO Alex McGill-Johnson charging that “Elected leaders are expending valuable time and resources exploiting a global pandemic to score political points instead of rallying to respond to this crisis.”

Which time and what resources? Gov. Abbott issued his order precisely to safeguard resources necessary to fight the Coronavirus. Other governors have issued similar orders.

If more than 2,000 women each day show up to abortion businesses, the non-pandemic normal, imagine how many thousands would then potentially exposed to the virus from which more than half the country is asked to self-isolate. Women sent to hospitals after botched abortions would then be exposed to many more potential carriers, and dwindling resources like blood supplies and masks would be further depleted.

In abortion-friendly New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared that surgical abortion is essential. But in New York City, hardest-hit of any area in the nation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is warning that hospitals could run out of supplies before the week is out. That’s why it just makes sense to postpone things like knee and hip replacements, cataract surgeries and dental implants. These are important surgeries, but one’s life and health can survive a postponement.  The same is true of abortion.

For 50 years we have been told that abortion should be a woman’s choice. Now we are asked to believe that it’s not a choice at all, but an essential procedure, something that is absolutely necessary. It can’t be both, not linguistically and certainly not medically.