Texas governor is right: Abortion is not essential surgery

Nor is Planned Parenthood a small business deserving of relief funds as the Chinese Wuhan Virus, incubated in a Chinese lab, sweeps across the globe.  Yet both abortion and Planned Parenthood are high on the Democrats' critical list as they fight to exploit a killer virus to preserve the taxpayer-funded ability to end the lives of the unborn.

Texas governor Greg Abbott, in order to preserve precious medical resources and equipment during the Wuhan Virus crisis, has issued an executive order properly defining abortion as nonessential surgery.  This prompted a lawsuit from those who insist that killing the unborn is really women's health care:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), along with other pro-choice groups, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and several other state officials over a temporary ban on elective abortion during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ban was issued as part of an executive order by Abbott aimed at conserving medical equipment and the capacity of the health care system after warnings from health care professionals that patients sick with the coronavirus might overwhelm hospital capacity and deplete supplies, such as personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses.

Makes sense to me that as we panic over whether we have enough hospital beds, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and other essential medical supplies, we suspend activities that involve the ending of a human life in favor of activities that save human lives.

Yet the pro-abortion zealots prattle on about abortion being a constitutional right even though it is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution.  The right to keep and bear arms is mentioned in the Constitution, but those who say abortion is essential say gun ownership is not.  We must be able to end the life of the unborn even as some jurisdictions are saying having a gun to protect the lives of our families in these uncertain times is nonessential.  Close the gun shops, but keep the abortion facilities open is the logic of the liberal mind..

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas complained in a tweet: "Abortion is essential healthcare and a time-sensitive procedure.  Forcing Texans to remain pregnant when they don't want to be, especially during a pandemic is cruel and a threat to public health."

Well, a ban on elective abortions in Texas would protect unborn women, wouldn't it?  There are a whole host of procedures that people are being forced to postpone.  Now many people can't see their doctor except maybe on a video conference call, but they can visit an abortion facility?  You can't get a CT scan, but you can get an abortion.  It might be informative if, when the stats of virus infections and deaths are shown in a chart on TV, the number of human lives ended through abortion during the same period were shown alongside.

Abortion is not health care.  It is a life-ending pandemic.  Even if the health of the mother is at risk, health authorities have said it is never necessary to kill the child to save the mother.  Yet Democrats have persisted in trying to exploit a legitimate health care crisis to promote abortion.  From the beginning, House speaker Nancy Pelosi has tried to load up the various virus relief bills with pro-abortion pork.

Pelosi, who likes to hide behind her Catholicism when convenient, pushed to include abortion protections in the first coronavirus relief bill, a move roundly condemned by GOP senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska:

"While schools are closing and hospitals are gearing up, Speaker Pelosi is waging unnecessary culture wars. Speaker Pelosi should be fighting the coronavirus pandemic, not politicizing emergency funding by fighting against the bipartisan Hyde Amendment," Sasse told National Review in a statement.  "We need to be ramping up our diagnostic testing, not waging culture wars at the behest of Planned Parenthood. Good grief."

Not to be outdone, Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, while alleging coronavirus incompetence on the part of Trump, possibly costing additional lives, left out the part about his Senate Democrats blocking the Born Alive Infant Protection Act to save infants who survive an abortion.

Pelosi did not give up, breaking up a hard-won Senate compromise on the latest virus relief package, delaying it for a week, in order to try to funnel more taxpayer cash to Planned Parenthood.  As LifeSiteNews reported:

For the second time in as many weeks, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to exploit the coronavirus crisis to push her abortion agenda on the American people[.] ...

Now, Pelosi is trying to include funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion company in the bill to provide economic relief for small businesses, even though Planned Parenthood is a profitable abortion corporation that technically is a nonprofit.  As The Hill reports, Pelosi wanted to include Planned Parenthood in the mix with small businesses so it could get taxpayer dollars over the objections of pro-life Americans.

Gov. Abbott is trying to save lives, both of the unborn and of those infected with the Chinese Wuhan Virus.  His actions and attitude are in stark contrast to those of another governor, Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia.  Democrats like Northam believe in abortion from conception until birth and even after, beholden as they are to an intolerant left that says "reproductive care" includes leaving a newborn baby on a table, making him comfortable until he dies, as Northam states

In an interview with WTOP Radio on January 30, Northam described his support for legalization of late-term abortion — even as a mother is "dilating," per state delegate Kathy Tran — and took the concept further, discussing euthanizing newborn babies even after comforting and "resuscitating" them:

When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of, obviously, the mother, with the consent of the physicians — more than one physician, by the way… The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mothers.

This is not health care, and abortion is not a necessary surgical procedure.  Democrats embrace, condone, and promote infanticide.  Their idea of women's health care is to toss babies born alive and gasping for air on a cold table, where they will never have to worry about being infected with the coronavirus.

Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor's Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

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