By Dave Andrusko
As NRL News Today readers are keenly aware, pro-abortionists are incensed that in prioritizing their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governors in a number of states have issued orders that have properly concluded that elective—elective with a capital “E”—abortions are not “essential medical care.”
To Planned Parenthood, NARAL, etc. every abortion is, by definition, essential. Thus, any governor, such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who “justly prioritizes supplies and personal protective equipment for the medical professionals in need” (as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said), must be demonized.
Enter Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson. McGill Johnson slammed a 5th U.S, Circuit Court of Appeals panel which actually did no more than refuse to stay Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order while the pro-abortionists’ challenge winds its way through the court system.
Here are two of her tweets:
“How heartless do you have to be to go to extraordinary measures to take away people’s health care?”
McGill Johnson tweeted this in response to this Paxton tweet:
UPDATE: Victory at 5th Circuit – Abortion ruling stayed! https://twitter.com/TXAG/status/1245011573351034882
McGill Johnson’s subsequent tweet went even further:
Devastating. No other form of health care is being targeted this way—only abortion #AbortionisEssential
To state the obvious, this is not true.
McGill Johnson both begs the question (whether abortion truly is “health care”) and conflates this declaration with her definition that abortion as “essential health care.”
ELECTIVE abortions are not being singled out. They are not being performed because these abortion are not essential. As we fight the COVID-19 virus, many medical services not deemed essential are not being performed.
Consider this from the Associated Press:
Some cancer surgeries are being delayed, many stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. Doctors in virtually every field are scrambling to alter care as the new coronavirus spreads.
Micaiah Bilger succinctly put it this way: “These are important health care procedures; they help save lives and relieve pain, but they are being delayed so that hospitals have more beds, equipment and staff to treat people suffering from the virus.”
So, Attorney General Paxton could not possibly be more spot on when he says,
“For years, abortion has been touted as a ‘choice’ by the same groups now attempting to claim that it is an essential procedure…All Texans must work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. My office will continue to defend Governor Abbott’s Order to ensure that supplies and personal protective gear reach the hardworking medical professionals who need it the most during this health crisis.”