Pennsylvania Pro-Life Groups Push for Ban on Elective Abortions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Unnecessary Procedures Risk Viral Spread, Use Up Needed Masks, Gloves
Conservatives are calling for Gov. Tom Wolf and state health officials to order Planned Parenthood to halt abortions in Pennsylvania amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Abortions are an elective surgery and vital personal protection equipment including surgical gloves and surgical masks are needed by hospitals and first responders.
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is also calling on officials to order Planned Parenthood to halt all abortion services during the coronavirus pandemic.
“While the people of Pennsylvania are making a heroic effort to save the lives of the most vulnerable, Planned Parenthood continues with business as usual,” said Bonnie Finnerty, a spokeswoman for the group.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Family Institute is asking Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to order the abortion provider to stop performing elective abortions and all other services during the public health crisis.
“This is unacceptable,” Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute said. “Planned Parenthood is now 100% abortion – willing to put further strain on our health system and risk increasing the spread of this virus so they can still profit from their main service revenue stream of elective abortions.”
Planned Parenthood showed their true colors in an unprecedented way. Governors throughout the United States have ordered for all non-essential or non-life sustaining businesses to close down, including those that perform elective surgeries. This is crucial to both stop the spread of COVID-19 as well as to free up essential protective gear for medical professions such as gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer. Yet, Planned Parenthood has been refusing to do their part and comply with these orders.
So far, the state of Pennsylvania has failed to act shut down this elective procedure, even as several states are moving to restrict abortion clinics, classifying the procedure as nonessential.
Notably, Lancaster remains a city – and county – that performs zero abortions, according to the PA Department of Health. But Planned Parenthood is already the largest abortion provider in Pennsylvania, performing half of all abortions in the state.
Officials in Texas, Mississippi and Ohio point out that abortion is an elective procedure that should be halted so masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment can be directed to health care workers dealing with the pandemic crisis.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has come out hardest on the issue, signing an executive order that imposes fines of up to $1,000 or 180 days in jail to providers that do not comply with the restrictions. All providers in Texas have stopped providing surgical and medical abortions, though an activist court ruling lifted the ban in certain circumstances.
Dayle Steinberg, chair of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, bizarrely argued that elective abortions are essential, not elective.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed that abortion care is essential, and must remain so during this public health crisis,” Steinberg said.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute also criticized Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood for its rank appeal for donations of hand sanitizer, home sewn masks, shoe covers and surgical hats.
“Planned Parenthood has the nerve right now to ask for donations of masks, surgical hats and hand sanitizer – scarce resources needed by Pennsylvania hospitals treating patients with COVID-19 – so that they can be used to perform elective abortions,” said Emily Kreps at PFI.
Appeals from pro-life groups to Gov. Wolf are likely to fall on deaf ears. Wolf has promised already to veto a package of bills introduced late last year that would impose widely accepted restrictions on the practice.
Lawmakers in both chambers of the Republican-led General Assembly will weigh bills that aim to restrict abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.