Two weeks ago, state orders started trickling in: elective surgeries were canceled. These were wartime orders, designed to preserve medical resources for doctors fighting COVID-19. Elective surgeries could wait.
But Planned Parenthood kept going.
Soon, more states followed. Some made sure to clarify that abortion was canceled, too.
And still, Planned Parenthood kept going.
It has the makings of an inspirational story, a little engine that could, except in this case it’s a well-oiled machine determined to bolster its bottom line – by killing innocent children, and using desperately-needed medical supplies to do it.
In Texas and Ohio – where officials have clarified the ban on abortion – Planned Parenthood has resisted. In Texas, it has rallied pro-abortion forces in a lawsuit against the Attorney General, insisting that abortion is an “essential” service not banned by the order.
In Ohio, Planned Parenthood has chosen simply to ignore the state’s order and remain open anyway, for the same reasons it’s suing Texas: its services are “essential.”
And it doesn’t stop there. Yesterday, some Planned Parenthood locations turned to the public for support, asking for donations of supplies including masks and hand sanitizer. You read that correctly: at a time when states nationwide are doing all in their power to preserve medical supplies for the front lines, Planned Parenthood is asking for a share in the same supplies to perform abortions.
Planned Parenthood isn’t stopping for COVID-19 – and neither are we.
At Family Policy Alliance, we’re blessed to be able to work from wherever we are. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we’ve been staying busy. Here’s just a sample of what we’ve been working on during lockdown:
- Speaking out to a New Jersey official who has permitted abortions to continue
- Shepherding important pro-family legislation to Governors’ offices
- Urging Congress to keep important pro-life protections in its COVID-19 response
To do this work, we need your active involvement. We value your prayers, your continued action on these pressing issues, and your financial support. We, like many other groups, have felt the financial impact of COVID-19 – but our work hasn’t stopped. The world may seem to be on hold, but this crisis has posed new challenges for protecting our families.
Policy and Communications Strategist