Times like these should inspire humility and reverence for the unborn
Here are a few examples of headlines over recent weeks.
"Republicans exploit coronavirus to restrict abortions." -- Los Angeles Times
"The Coronavirus Becomes an Excuse to Restrict Abortions," -- The New York Times
"Texas women forced to travel 20 times farther for abortion under coronavirus ban." -- The Hill
Five states -- Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Iowa and Mississippi -- that are prohibiting nonessential medical procedures during the novel coronavirus health crisis have included abortion among these nonessential procedures.
These measures have been taken with one objective in mind: saving lives. To suggest otherwise is cynical and obscene.
The logic is straightforward. There is a dire shortage of medical equipment, facilities and personnel. Plus, most states have mandated social distancing to arrest the spread of infection -- requirements that would be impossible to adhere to in abortion clinics.
It so happens that halting abortion saves the lives of unborn children. This is always true. But prohibiting needed supplies from being tied up and enforcing distance will also save the lives of Americans under threat of the virus.
Abortion providers in Texas, led by Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, filed suit against the state's decision to restrict abortions under these circumstances. Their claim was upheld in federal district court, and permission for abortions was restored. However, the state appealed the decision, and the appeals court reversed the decision and restored the restriction, pending a hearing on April 13.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James was interviewed on National Public Radio to discuss her efforts to organize opposition to efforts to include abortion as a prohibited, nonessential procedure during this crisis.