Families across the country are struggling to pay for food and housing, and individuals are struggling with pain as they await delayed joint replacement surgeries, dental work and other non-emergency but necessary medical procedures.
Meanwhile, abortion activists are celebrating that they can continue to abort their unborn babies in the midst of the coronavirus restrictions.
This week, in a column at the Philadelphia Inquirer, abortion activist Fae Ehsan explained why she got an abortion just as the health crisis broke in mid-March.
Ehsan said she has been an abortion activist for at least four years, volunteering with abortion groups and donating to Planned Parenthood. But March was the first time she “needed” an abortion herself.
“Consumed with fear” about the virus, Ehsan said she was certain that she wanted an abortion.
“On March 6, I learned I was pregnant. Five days later, as the COVID-19 pandemic approached and threatened to upend our lives, my doctor, my partner, and I decided together to terminate the pregnancy,” she wrote.
“My concerns about my own health, combined with anxiety about finances and the economic upheaval that has come with the coronavirus made our choice obvious — though it was not a decision we made lightly,” she continued.
Afterward, Ehsan said she felt relieved.
Watching the news, however, she said she grew angry seeing pro-life lawmakers try to restrict abortions along with other non-essential health care during the health crisis.
Abortion has always been an essential service and a time-sensitive medical procedure. Anti-abortion politicians are using a global pandemic to limit health access at a time when we need our leaders to expand that access to all people. This is not the time for politicians to pick and choose what is essential health care — instead, we should listen to doctors and public health experts. And the experts agree: Abortion is an essential, time-sensitive procedure for which a delay of several days or weeks can increase the risks considerably, or make the procedure completely inaccessible.
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On the contrary, experts do not agree. 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.”
Ehsan also claimed that abortions are decisions between a woman and her doctor. But later in her column, she criticized a Pennsylvania bill that would have kept doctors involved – as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends.
The bill, which pro-abortion Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed last week, would have expanded telemedicine throughout the state. However, the legislation included limits on drugs deemed to be high-risk by the FDA, and abortion drugs are on the list. The bill simply required doctors to continue to provide abortion and other high-risk drugs to patients in person after a medical exam, but Ehsan and Wolf opposed it.
Wolf, like most Democrat governors, also has allowed elective abortions to continue in Pennsylvania while requiring that all other elective medical procedures be postponed.
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, heal and relieve pain, but they are being delayed so that hospitals have more beds, equipment and staff to treat people suffering from the virus.
Abortions are not health care. They can put women’s health at risk as well as their unborn babies. Common complications include infections, blood clots, hemorrhaging and an incomplete abortion where parts of the baby remain inside the mother’s womb. Abortion risks include future preterm births, breast cancer, suicide, anxiety/depression and death. And it is not true that abortions are safer than childbirth.
They are not “essential,” either. According to National Right to Life, “Women have cited ‘social reasons,’ not mother’s health or rape/incest, as their motivation in approximately 93% of all abortions.”
Abortions do not save lives. They destroy them. Unborn babies are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception, and they deserve a right to life.