OBGYN Confirms: “Abortion is Not Essential Health Care, it Doesn’t Treat a Disease”

National   Micaiah Bilger   Apr 3, 2020   |   3:13PM    Washington, DC

A leading OB-GYN dispelled myths about abortions being “essential” health care this week as the abortion industry battles in court to continue elective abortions during a global pandemic.

Dr. Christina Francis, who practices in Indiana and chairs the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, said doctors all across the country are postponing medical procedures to conserve resources and protect patients from the coronavirus.

But abortion facilities, which primarily do elective abortions, are continuing their life-destroying business as usual. Some even are suing states for including elective abortions in their restrictions on non-essential healthcare during the health crisis.

“We are setting aside all kinds of what would otherwise be considered essential healthcare – I would say more essential healthcare than abortion, certainly – cancer screenings,” Francis told NPR.

It’s true. According to the AP, cancer treatments, stents to prevent clogged arteries, dental work, infertility treatments, joint replacements and more are being postponed because of the pandemic. These are important health care procedures; they save lives and relieve pain, but they are being delayed so that hospitals have more beds, equipment and staff to treat people suffering from the virus.

But Francis said abortions, which are a “social solution,” not a medical one, are continuing as usual.

“Abortion is not essential healthcare; it doesn’t treat a disease process,” she said. “There are other solutions that we can provide to women who find themselves in very scary and uncertain circumstances right now.”

Abortions kill unborn babies and often harm mothers. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America, including Francis’s organization, emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”

Common abortion complications include infections, blood clots, hemorrhaging and an incomplete abortion. Abortion risks include future preterm births, breast cancer, suicide, anxiety/depression, and death. And it is not true that abortions are safer than childbirth.

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The pro-life medical organizations noted that, by continuing elective abortions, the abortion industry also is generating more patients for already overburdened emergency rooms across the country.

According to the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, most abortion facilities tell women to go to the emergency room if they experience complications, and approximately 5% of women who have drug-induced abortions will need to be seen in the emergency room, usually due to hemorrhage.

Abortion facilities are using scarce medical supplies to abort unborn babies in elective abortions, too. Some Planned Parenthoods even are asking people to donate personal protective equipment and other medical supplies – supplies that hospitals critically need for coronavirus patients.

The pro-life medical groups pointed to the Hippocratic Oath, which doctors swear to uphold. It says that doctors will do no harm to patients. But abortions are the exact antithesis of the oath. Their very purpose is to kill an unborn baby.

Further, if abortion were essential health care, one would assume that most OB-GYNs would provide them, but most do not. The medical groups pointed to statistics indicating that approximately 85% of practicing obstetricians and gynecologists do not do elective abortions.

“Currently, across the United States, services that do constitute essential health care for women, including routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, and to conserve scarce medical resources,” the group of pro-life physicians said.

Abortions kill unique, living human beings. They are not essential. They do not heal or relieve pain. Society should be focused on saving lives, not killing them.