At least one Indiana abortion facility is continuing “business as usual” despite Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order halting all non-essential medical procedures during the coronavirus crisis.
Whole Woman’s Health in South Bend, which already has a poor reputation with state health authorities, told WSBT 22 News that it is not stopping elective abortions.
Earlier this week, the pro-life Republican governor ordered “all health care providers, whether medical, dental or other, and health care facilities, whether hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dental facilities, plastic surgery centers, dermatology offices and abortion clinics” to cancel or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical or invasive procedures. The order includes veterinarians as well.
Rather than showing favoritism to the abortion industry, as some Democrat governors have, Holcomb included all non-essential medical procedures in his order.
Holcomb’s restrictions are meant to preserve personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, reduce the strain on medical professionals and help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
This week, however, a spokesperson for Whole Women’s Health tried to justify their decision to continue aborting unborn babies. They told the local news that the South Bend facility only does drug-induced abortions, which do not require protective medical equipment.
Whole Woman’s Health is closely linked with a Texas-based abortion chain that has amassed dozens of health and safety violations at its other abortion clinics. The South Bend facility opened last year after a lengthy legal battle with the state. In 2018, the Indiana State Department of Health denied the abortion facility a license after it said the abortion facility provided inaccurate information on its license application.
Meanwhile, it is not clear if Planned Parenthoods in Indiana are still aborting unborn babies during the health crisis.
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According to the local news:
… Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, insists abortions are necessary procedures.
It says, “Medical experts recognize that abortion is an essential, time-sensitive medical procedure. We are complying with the Governor’s Directive, which requires health care providers to stop providing surgeries or invasive procedures that are non-urgent.”
But many medical experts disagree. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.” According to one study, approximately 93 percent of abortions are done for “social reasons,” not because of rape, incest or risks to the mother’s health. And it is not true that abortions are safer than childbirth.
Earlier this week, Indiana pro-life leaders praised the governor for including elective abortions in his health care restrictions.
“Governor Holcomb’s new orders make it clear that abortion clinics are not exempt from complying with the suspension of elective surgeries,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “In a time of crisis and severe medical equipment shortages, abortion clinics must not be allowed to use up precious medical supplies that Hoosiers need during the current health emergency.”
Other states have issued similar orders, but federal judges in Ohio, Texas and Alabama on Monday blocked orders banning nonessential medical procedures from including abortions.
Doctors across the world are postponing cancer treatments, cardiac surgeries, knee and hip replacements, infertility treatments and more to combat the coronavirus. However, the abortion industry continues to insist that it should be exempted because killing unborn babies is essential.
And while concerns about a shortage of medical supplies are growing, a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania had the audacity recently to ask for donations of personal protective equipment for elective abortions.
Although the situation is fluid, here are the latest reports from LifeNews.com on the status of abortion and orders to stop non-essential medical services:
States Attempting to Protect Babies From Abortion
Texas: Abortion centers are temporarily closed after Governor Greg Abbott’s order. But Texas abortion businesses have sued the state to reopen. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit as well to do abortions and ignore the order. A federal judge blocked the order and allowed abortion centers to keep killing babies but a federal appeals court reinstated the order.
Ohio: Abortion centers are included in the order to close but they are refusing to close. The health department is now investigating those violations. Meanwhile, a judge has blocked the state’s order banning abortions.
Oklahoma: Oklahoma Gov Orders Abortion Businesses to Close, Killing Babies is Not “Essential” Medical Care. The Planned Parenthood abortion business has sued to keep doing abortions.
Alabama: Alabama stopped abortions under its non-essential order until April 13th but a judge ruled the state can’t infringe on the so-called “right” to abortion.
States Not Protecting Babies From Abortion
New York: New York has issued an order to stop non-essential health services but is not applying it to abortion centers. New York Attorney General: Coronavirus Crisis is No Reason to Stop Killing Babies in Abortions. NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio has threatened to permanently close churches while letting abortion centers stay open.
New Jersey: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Michigan: Governor Whitmer has stopped non-essential medical surgeries but allowed abortion clinics to keep killing babies.
North Carolina: Pro-life groups have called on the governor to stop abortions during the coronavirus crisis.
Washington: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
California: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded. But 11 Planned Parenthood abortion centers have voluntarily closed.
Pennsylvania: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Maine: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.