March 23, 2020

Illinois Planned Parenthood Clinics to Continue Operating During Stay at Home Mandate

Many state governments have announced stay-at-home mandates and declared that all non-essential businesses will remain closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Different states seem to have different stances on whether abortion clinics are considered "essential," but the pro-abortion state of Illinois will apparently allow clinics to remain open during the pandemic.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, rather than closing its doors like most other businesses in the state have been forced to do, will instead be consolidating its abortion services to six locations.

“Planned Parenthood of Illinois is taking all necessary precautions to keep our staff and patients healthy and well,” said Planned Parenthood of Illinois Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amy Whitaker. “This temporary consolidation of services is just one part of that. Patients will still need family planning services and abortion care during this time, and we are committed to providing it.”

Planned Parenthood has asked patients to reschedule "non-essential appointments," but it's apparent that the abortion giant will still continue to profit from elective abortions despite the danger they might cause by spreading the coronavirus.

Louisiana is one state which has declared elective abortion to be a non-essential service. State officials are threatening legal action against abortion clinics which have remained open. Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper issued this statement to emphasize the risk to the public these clinics were taking by keeping their doors open:
“Louisiana abortion facilities are endangering the public safety by remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic. With full parking lots and small buildings, it seems probable that these abortion facilities are aiding in the spread of the coronavirus. Abortion is an elective procedure, and postponing abortion, as directed by the Department of Health, would not threaten the physical health of women at these abortion facilities. Pregnancy is not a disease.
“If the delay requires a woman to forgo an abortion due to the pregnancy extending beyond the current legal limit when the unborn child has developed to 20 weeks, then there are public and private agencies that can assist with support both for adoption and parenting. Even in these situations, the safety of the woman has not been jeopardized.
“In infrequent cases where there may be a medical emergency that might threaten the physical life of the mother, hospitals would be the appropriate location to handle those situations, even in these chaotic times, since abortion facilities are not equipped to handle medical emergencies. These abortion facilities are only performing elective procedures. 
“The priority for every medical professional during this time of crisis should be stemming the tide of the coronavirus. By remaining open for business, the abortion industry has prioritized its profits over the health and safety of women and all Louisianians.”
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