An Oklahoma federal judge blocked state health leaders Monday from enforcing a non-essential health care restriction on abortion facilities.
Federal Judge Charles Goodwin’s temporary restraining order means abortion facilities can continue to abort unborn babies in elective abortions while all other elective medical procedures are being postponed due to the coronavirus.
The Oklahoman reports Goodwin issued the order through April 20 at the request of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups.
In March, they sued Oklahoma for including elective abortions in its restrictions on non-essential health care during the health crisis. The state order is meant to conserve medical supplies and prevent further spread of the virus. The abortion industry, which primarily does elective abortions, wants a special exemption from the order.
Goodwin agreed, arguing that the order is “oppressive” to women seeking abortions.
“As set forth below, the court concludes that while the current public health emergency allows the state of Oklahoma to impose some of the cited measures delaying abortion procedures, it has acted in an ‘unreasonable,’ ‘arbitrary’ and ‘oppressive’ way —and imposed an ‘undue burden’ on abortion access — in imposing requirements that effectively deny a right of access to abortion,” Goodwin wrote in his ruling, according to Tulsa World.
His ruling did allow a small exception. According to the Oklahoman, the state may temporarily stop surgical abortions as long as the woman can still lawfully get an abortion after April 30 when Gov. Kevin Stitt’s order expires. However, women who will be at least 20 weeks pregnant, the legal cutoff for abortions, by the end of the month cannot be stopped from aborting their unborn babies.
In March, the pro-life Republican governor issued an order banning all non-essential medical procedures during the coronavirus crisis to conserve medical resources. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter promised he will enforce the order.
As LifeNews.com reported, Stitt later clarified that elective abortions are included in his executive order.
“We must ensure that our health care professionals, first responders and medical facilities have all of the resources they need to combat COVID-19,” Stitt said in a statement. “I am committed to doing whatever necessary to protect those who are on the front lines fighting against this virus.”
Just a few days later, the abortion industry filed a lawsuit seeking to continue killing babies in abortions.
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Also on Monday in Ohio, a federal appeals court refused to allow Ohio health officials to include elective abortions in their coronavirus restrictions.
Across the country, cancer treatments, stents to prevent clogged arteries, dental work and joint replacements are being postponed because of state orders like the one in Oklahoma, the AP reports. 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 the abortion industry thinks it is special. It wants its work killing unborn babies elevated above real health care.
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.” 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.
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 and later ruled that it’s up to abortion companies if abortions are essential.
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.
Indiana: Governor Bans Killing Babies in Abortions to Save Medical Resources to Fight Coronavirus. At least one abortion business is refusing to comply.
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. The state is fighting the ruling at the appeals court.
States Not Protecting Babies From Abortion
Kansas: Abortions are allowed in Kansas but a county in Wichita voted to close the late-term abortion clinic there.
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. Leading pro-life groups have heavily criticized her.
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.
Maine: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Canada has banned every other non-essential medical procedure except abortion.