Planned Parenthood Sues Texas to Continue Abortions Through Coronavirus Outbreak

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Planned Parenthood is currently suing Texas Governor Greg Abbott to try and overturn his temporary halt on abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“A Blatant Effort to Exploit a Public Health Crisis”

Planned Parenthood is suing Governor Abbott and other Texas officials in order to exempt them from an executive order that Abbott issued on Saturday in regards to the coronavirus. Abbott ordered the postponement of “all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary.” Some of the banned procedures include “routine dermatological, ophthalmological, and dental procedures,” and, importantly, “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”

The lawsuit by Planned Parenthood seems to suggest, however, that Abbott and others are actually singling about abortion procedures, despite the wide-ranging ban.

“The Texas Attorney General’s enforcement threats are a blatant effort to exploit a public health crisis to advance an extreme, anti-abortion agenda, without any benefit to the state in terms of preventing or resolving shortages of PPE [personal protective equipment] or hospital capacity,” the lawsuit argues. “As a result of these threats, this week Plaintiffs have already been forced to turn away patients in need of time-sensitive care.”

It continues to claim that the state of Texas is not only depriving patients of “their constitutional right to essential healthcare and self-determination,” but also argues that “forcing them to continue their pregnancies will in fact impose far greater strains on an already-taxed healthcare system, as prenatal care and delivery involve much greater exhaustion of hospital health care services and PPE than abortions.”

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Planned Parenthood are Wasting Vital Medical Supplies!

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, attacked the lawsuit, arguing that “running to the courts to plead for privileged treatment is the modus operandi of the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood:”

Suing to carry out abortions during a time of national emergency, when so many Americans are making heroic sacrifices, is the latest example of their extreme disregard for women’s health and safety and for the common good. Abortion is not health care. It is the violent destruction of innocent human life, and is certainly not “essential.” Legitimate health care providers desperately need the medical resources Planned Parenthood and others would divert to their abortion business. We urge abortion centers to put their profit interest aside for a change, obey lawful directives like those issued by Texas and Ohio stopping risky and unnecessary procedures, and do their part to stop the spread of coronavirus.

In a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, pro-life leaders pointed out that Planned Parenthood is sucking up vital resources during the coronavirus crisis.

“At a time when hospitals are overloaded, the abortion industry is putting women at risk of incomplete abortion, hemorrhage, and infection,” the letter reads. “By ceasing both surgical and chemical abortions now, Planned Parenthood will free up much needed medical equipment and decrease the demand placed on ER’s due to complications from both medical and surgical abortion.”

Carole Novielli, a reporter for Live Action News, highlighted that Planned Parenthood is, in fact, asking for donations for Personal Protective Equipment for their abortion facilities – supplies that could be used to treat coronavirus patients:

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As usual, the facts simply don’t stack up in Planned Parenthood’s favor. They are so driven by their desire to ensure women can keep killing their babies that they are willing to take vital supplies that would save critically ill patients and protect the lives of our healthcare professionals.

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