As the coronavirus spreads, frontline healthcare providers and workers in other critical sectors face a shortage of personal protective equipment. Numerous medical procedures, including bariatric, orthopedic, oncology and cardiovascular surgeries, have been postponed for patients across the country to allow hospitals to preserve critical resources and ensure adequate capacity to respond to the pandemic.
But Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry don’t want to let anything, even a global pandemic, interfere with their ability to continue performing elective abortions.
Some states, including Washington and Massachusetts, have declared abortion as an essential service. Others, such as Texas and Ohio, have made it clear that elective abortions are among many procedures considered non-essential and should be postponed while states fight the virus.
The American Academy of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports this latter approach, noting that, in addition to using desperately needed personal protective equipment, abortion procedures carry the risk of their own complications that would require in-hospital evaluation, including uterine perforation and hemorrhage. As emergency rooms and hospitals try to keep pace with COVID-19 patients, capacity and resources will already be depleted.
The struggle to classify abortion as essential or non-essential is played out in law courts across the country, and whether or not the procedure is currently permitted in a given state remains a moving target.
Meanwhile, more than a dozen pro-abortion attorneys general have request the Food and Drug Administration to remove regulations surrounding the abortion pill diet and access to the drug, which compromise women’s health and safety. This demand for the abortion pill to be made available without the supervision of a health professional, in the midst of a pandemic, is totally irresponsible given the well-documented health risks of the drug.
At the forefront of the debate to categorize abortion as “essential” is, unsurprisingly, the American abortion giant: planned parenting. This should come as no surprise.
A recent heritage foundation report Analysis of Planned Parenthood’s many years of medical and financial data revealed that the organization is a billion-dollar abortion company with a growing market share of total annual abortions in the United States. Meanwhile, other areas, including prenatal services, cancer screenings, and contraception clients, have shrunk dramatically.
How dramatic? Take the example of prenatal services. Comparing 2018 data to previous years, Planned Parenthood’s prenatal services have declined by almost 50% since 2013 and 90% since 2004. Planned Parenthood provides less than a third of the cancer screening and prevention services it provides. ‘he said offering two decades ago.
Abortion, meanwhile, has been a reliable pillar. Last year’s 345,672 abortions were the highest number ever reported. Comparing Planned Parenthood’s abortion data with other national data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute provides additional context on Planned Parenthood’s approximate market share. With these comparisons, unfortunately, come with a caveat that the CDC and Guttmacher data is incomplete since the United States does not have any sort of nationwide mandatory abortion reporting system. Data is collected on a voluntary basis and not all states comply.
Nonetheless, as the Heritage Foundation report explains:
Nationwide, the overall abortion rate – according to the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute – is declining. However, abortions at Planned Parenthood are increasing, as is the organization’s market share. In 2005, Planned Parenthood accounted for 32% of abortions reported by the CDC and 52% of abortions in 2016. In 2005, Planned Parenthood represented 22% of abortions reported by the Guttmacher Institute and 39% in 2017.
Financially, Planned Parenthood has nearly doubled both its net assets and government funding since 2006. During this period, funding from private sources has tripled.
Abortion is Planned Parenthood’s priority, and the pandemic that brought the world to a halt hasn’t changed that. As court documents across the country reveal, the abortion industry will stop at nothing to continue performing abortions despite the critical shortage of protective equipment and hospital resources in communities battling the coronavirus.
Advocates of abortion insist that “abortion is health” and that it is no different from any other procedure. But when the time comes to push, to health and safety standards for abortion clinics to postpone elective procedures in the midst of a pandemic, the abortion industry wants special treatment and exemptions that other practitioners adhere to.
Ultimately, abortion is different. It is not a tonsillectomy or heart surgery. It is a procedure that deliberately ends the life of another human being; elective abortion does not treat any pathological process.
Unsurprisingly, the industry has once again fallen back on an old chorus: rules for you, but not for me.