Pa. Legislators call on Gov. to enforce own order banning elective surgical procedures
By Maria V. Gallagher. Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
A number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania are incensed that Planned Parenthood is continuing to perform abortions in the Commonwealth in the midst of the campaign to stop the spread of the Coronavirus crisis.
They are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to enforce his own order, which allows ambulatory health care services to continue, but bans elective surgical procedures during the current pandemic
State Senator Douglas Mastriano (R) sent a letter to the Governor, calling on him to ensure that Planned Parenthood Keystone comes into immediate compliance with the elective surgery ban.
Planned Parenthood Keystone has gone as far as possible in the opposite direction: it has become a 100 percent abortion operation. It announced on its website that its locations were open only to do abortions.
Governors throughout the nation have ordered that elective abortions cease as medical professionals scramble to deal with the fallout from the Coronavirus. Masks and other medical goods are in short supply and, by operating its abortion business, Planned Parenthood is using equipment that is critically needed by hospitals to combat the deadly Coronavirus.
Abortion centers in Pennsylvania are regulated as ambulatory surgical facilities under a 2011 law. The statute resulted from the tragic Kermit Gosnell case. The West Philadelphia abortionist Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies and of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar. As a result of that trailblazing law, as many as nine abortion facilities have shut their doors because they could not or would not meet basic health and safety standards.