By Dave Andrusko
As state and federal authorities move to shift all medical services away from elective procedures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, unfortunately pro-abortion governors are carving out explicit exceptions for the Abortion Industry.
Take New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a pro-abortion Democrat. Over the weekend, Murphy first signed “Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice” with limited (and obvious) exceptions.
On Monday he also added the following: “As part of the state’s effort to preserve the capacity of the health care system to respond to COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 109, directing the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults that are scheduled to take place after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.”
There were three categories of exemptions, two of which made perfect sense. The third doesn’t make any sense–except as a sop to Planned Parenthood–and is highly controversial.
- Explicit exemption for family planning and termination of pregnancies: The order provides that it shall not be interpreted in any way to limit access to family planning services, including termination of pregnancies.
As Micaiah Bilger pointed out, “Murphy is not the only one. Pro-abortion Democrat governors in Massachusetts and Washington state also carved out exceptions allowing elective abortions to continue during the coronavirus crisis.
“Other governors have issued similar orders limiting non-essential medical procedures, but abortion facilities continue to do abortions there as well. Abortion businesses are still open in California and Pennsylvania, despite their governors’ bans on non-essential medical care.”