Kansans are being told to stay home from church on Easter Sunday and limit all gatherings to 10 people or fewer as coronavirus cases begin to peak in the U.S.
Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order is supposed to save lives. But she excluded the most vulnerable when she allowed abortion facilities to remain open through the health crisis.
The Kiowa County Signal reports pro-life lawmakers in the state criticized Kelly for showing favoritism to the abortion industry, which destroys lives, while so many Kansans are sacrificing to save them.
U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, who is running for a U.S. senate seat, slammed her decisions on the matter as a “distortion of Kansas values.”
“We can have honest debate on whether or not the state government has the authority to temporarily close private organizations to slow the spread,” Marshall said, according to the local news. “But the fact that the governor in Kansas is shuttering churches on Easter, while deeming abortion clinics ‘essential’ shows a complete distortion of Kansas values. This is disturbing and unsafe.”
Meanwhile, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the police will not enforce Kelly’s order against churches on Easter, the Signal reports.
“Because no Kansan should be threatened with fine or imprisonment, arrested or prosecuted for performing or attending church or other religious services, law enforcement officers are advised to … avoid engaging in criminal enforcement of its limitations on religious facilities, services or activities,” Schmidt said.
Abortion facilities do not provide an essential service. They abort unborn babies in elective abortions. In Kansas in particular, there are major concerns that abortion facilities may be jeopardizing the lives of all Kansans by bringing in abortionists and patients from other states who may have the coronavirus.
Operation Rescue recently uncovered information about a California abortionist practicing at a Wichita abortion facility after allegedly being exposed to the coronavirus. Pro-life advocates believe the abortionist was not tested for the virus and could be spreading it to patients.
Another abortionist may be practicing at the Wichita facility without a license. “The abortionist on duty over the eventful weekend was believed to be a former Trust Women abortionist named Cheryl Chastine, who allowed her Kansas medical license to expire in 2016, after quitting her job in Wichita. It has not been renewed. Chastine is also not listed on Trust Women’s current 24-hour consent form as required by law,” according to the pro-life organization.
In response to these concerns, the Sedgwick County Commissioners approved a recommendation last week urging Kelly and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to include elective abortions in their restrictions on non-essential health care.
Kelly is a pro-abortion Democrat who claims abortions are women’s healthcare.
“Women’s reproductive health is considered an essential need and health care clinics will fall under that category,” she said last week.
There is nothing essential about an abortion. Abortions kill unborn babies and often hurt mothers physically and psychologically. 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.”
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