By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
When state Senator Judy Ward (R ) of Pennsylvania heard that Planned Parenthood was performing abortions in violation of the Governor’s own order against elective surgeries during the Coronavirus crisis, she decided to take action.
Senator Ward penned a letter to Governor Tom Wolf, calling for the cessation of abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fifteen Senators, including Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R ), joined her in signing the letter.
The communication pointed out that Planned Parenthood was using up PPE [personal protective equipment] at a time when such supplies were desperately needed by health care professionals at the front line of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These elective procedures take up precious PPE and healthcare resources during this public healthcare emergency,” they wrote. “Not to mention the fallout of what complications of this elective procedure would mean for the patient in an already overburdened healthcare system.”
The Senators noted that the teamwork required in combating COVID-19 demanded the cancelling of abortions at Planned Parenthood.
“Just as you have asked us to work together to get through this pandemic, we ask that you follow through on your orders as well, and there should be no exception for any ambulatory surgical facility to perform any procedure, other than what has been outlined in the Department of Health’s guidance.”
The Senate delegation sent the letter nearly a month ago—on April 15th.
Gov. Wolf, formerly a Planned Parenthood volunteer “escort,” has not responded.
But this is not the first time the Governor of Pennsylvania has turned a deaf ear to state Senators. Time and time again, Gov. Wolf has vetoed life-affirming legislation, from a ban on brutal dismemberment abortions to the Down Syndrome Protection Act.
Most recently, Gov. Wolf rejected a popular telemedicine measure because it included an amendment banning the telemedicine distribution of dangerous drugs, such as the abortion pill RU-486.
But Senator Ward is unfazed. A nurse by training, Ward says she will continue to push for strong pro-life legislation that safeguards the health and safety of babies and their mothers.
No matter how often she is ignored by the Governor, she will press on.