Massachusetts Hospitals Forbid ‘Non-Essential’ Procedures, But Abortions Will Continue
Hospitals in Massachusetts have been ordered to cancel any “nonessential, elective invasive procedures” and focus on fighting those infected with the Chinese coronavirus, but apparently abortions are “essential” and will continue in the state.
Hospitals will be cancelling procedures like colonoscopies and knee replacements, but if you want to abort a baby, they have you covered.
“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,” a memo from the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality in Massachusetts stated, according to a report from MassLive.com.
The memo went on to suggest that providers “use their discretion on invasive procedures that must move forward to ‘preserve the patient’s life and health,’ though the order states that doesn’t apply to canceling or delaying life-sustaining care.”
In Texas, abortions may be slowed down however, as LifeSiteNews reports Joe Nelson, an abortionist in the Lone Star State, “is now self-quarantining for 14 days.”
Nelson has said of his quarantine that “he was mostly worried about how his unplanned absence might affect women’s ability to get abortions in the state.”
“Potentially, it could have a huge impact. There are not that many doctors who provide abortion care in Texas. A lot of the doctors that do come in from out of state. In a situation where doctors are less likely to want to travel, if there’s no one to cover me, patients will have to wait,” Nelson continued.
LSN noted that the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute has also expressed concern that abortions will be harder to get during the pandemic. The organization fretted in a statement that government funding is now focused on issues related to the coronavirus, “which would take funding away from reproductive health programs and decrease access for patients who rely on free or subsidized care. Likewise, the need for new precautionary equipment, training and protocols will further draw time and resources away from other work, including projects and programs related to sexual and reproductive health.”
The organization also speculated that speculated that “if pregnant women and infants are found to be at heightened risk” from the coronavirus, “that may prompt some people to avoid having children and could lead to increased demand for contraceptive and abortion services.”