Planned Parenthood leaders have been shifting their talking points about abortion from “choice” to “essential” during the coronavirus crisis.
Recently, Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, told MassLive that they are working to expand “essential” services, including abortions, as the crisis continues.
She also praised Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration for recognizing that abortions are “essential” during the pandemic, too.
“PPLM health centers have taken necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients, and the larger community,” she told the news outlet. “Those steps include reducing operating hours and limiting in-person appointments to the essential services of HIV testing and prevention, sexually transmitted infection treatment, abortion care and services related to long-acting reversible birth control.”
But abortions are not essential. They do not save lives; they destroy them. 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.
Despite all this, Child-Roshak said they are seeing an increased demand for their “services” during the health crisis.
“People don’t stop having sex in a pandemic. They still need services such as birth control, STI testing and treatment, and safe, legal abortion,” she said, noting that they now are offering evening and weekend appointments.
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She praised Baker and his administration for including “abortion as essential health care that would not be restricted during the pandemic.”
“We are fortunate to live in a state committed to preserving abortion access,” Child-Roshak said.
But even that is not enough. Planned Parenthood wants more abortions in Massachusetts. In the interview, Child-Roshak pushed the state to legalize late-term abortions, claiming it is “downright dangerous” not to. She argued that women who want to abort their viable, late-term unborn babies should not have to travel out of state to do it.
“The financial, logistical and emotional strain of traveling across the country is a stressful prospect in normal times, but one that has become downright dangerous, if not impossible, since COVID-19 hit,” she said.
But late-term abortions come with high risks for mothers as well as their unborn babies, and they are never necessary to save a mother’s life. Legalizing them would put more lives in jeopardy, but it also could mean more abortions – and more money – for Planned Parenthood.
Abortions are not “essential” for women. They are only “essential” to Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar “nonprofit” that aborts more unborn babies than any other group in the U.S.
Women in crisis and their unborn babies deserve encouragement and support, especially in a time of crisis. Abortion does not provide any of that. It only destroys.