FILE- In this June 4, 2019, file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is photographed in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
UPDATED 12:45 PM PT — Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has put a halt on life as we know it. Each day, states have been doing everything in their power to provide assistance to hospitals that are struggling to ration resources during the pandemic.
Lawmakers across the country have ordered medical facilities to suspend all non-essential surgeries and procedures. Abortion clinics, like Planned Parenthood, will be required to suspend elective surgical abortion procedures “to preserve personal protective equipment” for hospital workers fighting COVID-19.
Despite all these efforts to address the pressing situation at hand, Democrats appear to be outraged over the decision to halt abortion procedures during a global crisis.
On Monday, federal judges blocked abortion bans in Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma, arguing clinics should “determine on a case-by-case basis if an abortion can be delayed to maximize resources.”
FILE – In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center is seen in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reinstated the abortion ban in Texas, siding with efforts to conserve medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby are hoarding much needed supplies. It is all hands on deck right now to defend against the coronavirus, to protect the most vulnerable. At this time, when all Americans are making great sacrifices to protect their own health and the health of others around them, we need the abortion lobby to be on board, especially at this moment.”
– Mallory Quigley, Vice President of Communications at Susan B. Anthony List
Some legal analysts suspect a case challenging the legality of a state’s right to suspend abortion procedures during a global pandemic could eventually make it to the Supreme Court.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently came under fire for delaying immediate relief to Americans through the massive $2 trillion stimulus bill, which included loopholes that provided funding for abortion clinics.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks to her office after signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after it passed in the House on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
According to many Republican lawmakers, the move suggested Democrats cared more about pushing their political agenda than saving lives. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) reportedly slammed Pelosi’s handling of the stimulus plan, saying, “We need to be ramping up our diagnostic testing, not waging culture wars at the behest of Planned Parenthood.”
Despite stalling the stimulus package, Pelosi has said the outbreak is at the forefront of Democrats’ decision making.
“I want to be very specific, because I hear people saying, ‘They’re doing this wish list’ and that isn’t so,” she said. “We have agreed in our negotiations that everything that we’re doing is specific to the coronavirus challenge.”
Abortions have killed, on average, 2,369 babies in the U.S. every day, while COVID-19 has killed just over 3,000 Americans since the start of the pandemic. The left’s efforts to push for “unrestricted abortion” could hurt the Democrat Party, as President Trump’s approval ratings continue to rise in the wake of the outbreak.
FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, abortion opponents cheer for a speaker at a rally Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)