Abortions Allowed To Continue In PA Despite Ban On Elective Medical Procedures

(RightWingAmericans.Com)- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf shut down all businesses “that are not life sustaining” back on March 20, but that hasn’t stopped Planned Parenthood clinics in the state from continuing to perform abortions.

At a time when all health care facilities have been prohibited from performing elective procedures so that scarce supplies and personnel can be reserved for treating coronavirus patients, Planned Parenthood Keystone hasn’t gotten the message.

The group, which operates in the central and eastern parts of the state, has shut down all its operations in compliance with the directive, but said it would still be open “for abortion services only.”

While hospitals around the country are dealing with the shortage of medical supplies such as masks and gloves, and hospital personnel are working overtime, Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania is pleading for donations so that they can continue performing abortions. They’re asking people to donate “hand sanitizer, home-sewn masks, shoe covers and surgical hats” in that effort.

Since the order was issued March 20, the health secretary in Pennsylvania followed suit and urged all doctors as well as patients to postpone any surgeries that were deemed non-critical. Planned Parenthood listened a little bit, stopping all of the services that it offers people, except the only elective surgery that it provides — abortions.

The president and chief legal counsel of the Thomas More Society, Tom Brejcha, was dumbfounded by the decision. He said:

“The paradox is just striking. Here, we’re making an exception for life-sustaining procedures and yet an exception to that is this one medical procedure that’s life-ending.”

In response to Planned Parenthood’s move, the Pennsylvania Family Institute penned a letter to Wolf asking him to address the fact that abortions have been allowed to continue despite his executive order. The letter reads, in part:

“Abortion is an elective procedure that should not be permitted at the peak of the coronavirus crisis. With abortions, there is always the risk that some women will have complications from the procedure that will need emergency hospital care, which will only further drain our overstretched health care system.”

Even the president of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini, agreed. She believes it’s not fair to protect the interests of abortion clinics by giving them an exception to the elective procedure rule. She said:

“Killing unborn children isn’t health care and certainly doesn’t provide necessary medical help or assistance for coronavirus. At a time when medical staff and resources are spread thing, it is very disappointing to see politicians use this vulnerable moment in our country’s history to play politics and advocate for abortion.”

Unfortunately, it would be hard to imagine Wolf listening to these reasonable arguments, or any others regarding abortion. The governor has been a strong advocate of abortion rights.

Last October, in fact, he even came out and said he would veto any pro-life legislation that was presented to him. This came after state Republicans introduced a “heartbeat bill” in the state legislature that would have banned abortions after six weeks of conception.