The state of Massachusetts’s Department of Health ordered all nonessential surgery canceled. The governor has elected to declare abortions scheduled or not to be essential and which must continue to be provided despite the potential spread of the CCP Virus (Wuhan coronavirus).
Although other nonessential procedures such as colonoscopies and knee replacements were suspended, abortions were maintained, according to the Daily Caller.
That action calls into question the statement by Elizabeth Kelley, director of the Massachusetts Office of Health Care Safety and Quality, who warned of the need to suspend “nonessential or invasive” procedures because Massachusetts was in a state of emergency.
“Terminating a pregnancy is not considered a nonessential, elective invasive procedure for the purpose of this guidance (…) However, the ultimate decision is based on clinical judgment by the caring physician,” the order states.
In view of the preventive measures that seek to prioritize possible cases of infection with the CCP Virus, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) issued a statement on Twitter suggesting that abortion should be taken as an essential service, urging hospitals to ensure its continuity.
Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, supported abortion as an essential service, making it a priority in health care.
The organization NARAL Pro-Choice America, presented its gratitude to the governor of Massachusetts through a statement, “We thank the Baker administration for working to preserve continued access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including abortion care during this unprecedented public health crisis.”
“Reproductive health care decisions are time-sensitive and patients need speedy access to care. We recognize the intense strain COVID-19 has put and will continue to put on the healthcare system and we are grateful to the administration for listening to our concerns and recognizing the unique impact of COVID-19 on maintaining access to reproductive health care,” NARAL Pro-Choice America added.
Meanwhile, last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sought to weaken restrictions on federal funding for abortion amid legislation implemented to address the pandemic, according to Life Site News.
Mark Harrington, president of the pro-life organization Created Equal, said, “Clearly, the abortion industry will not allow this crisis to go to waste.”
“We will take the necessary precautions to protect our health and the health of others, but we need to be proactive and deploy our assets to combat the hijacking of this emergency to advance abortion,” he added.