Oklahoma must allow elective abortions to continue even as it restricts important medical procedures during the global health crisis, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Earlier this spring, Gov. Kevin Stitt temporarily halted elective and non-essential medical procedures to protect Oklahomans from the coronavirus and preserve medical supplies for those who need them most.
He was one of several state leaders who included the killing of unborn babies in abortions in those restrictions. However, the Center for Reproductive Rights and local abortion facilities sued the state.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from enforcing Stitt’s restriction on abortions, The Oklahoman reports. It expands an earlier ruling that also blocked the state from enforcing the restriction.
Goodwin’s 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.
State Attorney General Mike Hunter said he plans to appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Brandon Hill, president and CEO of Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, rejoiced at the ruling, the AP reports.
“Abortion is essential, time-sensitive medical care that should not be caught in the crosshairs of political agendas, especially during a public health crisis,” he said in a statement.
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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.
Courts across the country are forcing states to continue to allow elective abortions while other medical procedures are being delayed. The abortion industry also is suing Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Arkansas to continue aborting unborn babies during the health crisis.
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. Now Planned Parenthood is asking the Supreme Court to allow killing babies in non-essential abortions. The 5th Circuit then ruled that surgical abortions, but not the abortion pill, can be banned.
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 and a federal appeals court allowed abortions to continue.
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 judge also ruled that killing babies is somehow “essential” if abortion centers think so. Alabama is appealing the decision.
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