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Federal judge rules abortions will continue in Alabama during pandemic

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A federal judge ruled on Sunday that Alabama cannot ban abortions because of the coronavirus. The state had ordered that all non-essential or elective surgeries be postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The debate began in many states as to whether or the “choice” of abortion is essential or elective.

In Alabama, the government ordered that only emergency medical procedures could proceed in order to allow health care workers to focus on COVID-19 patients and to protect the dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves. The state announced that only procedures “to avoid serious harm from an underlying condition or disease, or necessary as part of a patient’s ongoing and active treatment” were allowed to be performed. Pregnancy is not a disease and abortion is not a treatment.

 

The state was sued by the ACLU to attempt to prevent the ban from being enforced. “Today, the state of Alabama is facing litigation because the State refused to grant abortion clinics a blanket exemption from the restrictions imposed by the State Health Order issued on March 27,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a response on March 30. “As I stated last Friday, Section 7 of the Order applies to all healthcare facilities and providers, without exception….”

On Sunday, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson — a Carter appointee who has become known for his decisions favoring the abortion industry — agreed with the abortion businesses, issuing a preliminary injunction against the state and saying that only abortion businesses will decide if their “services” can wait or not.

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Abortion is always an elective procedure and is never medically necessary. More than 2,500 OB/GYNs are in agreement on this. Even if a woman is facing a life-threatening condition during pregnancy, her preborn child does not have to be killed before delivery in order to save the mother’s life. Other safer and faster methods of delivery can be performed with the goal of saving both lives. Abortion is committed with the intention of killing one of the two patients involved.

When women are injured during abortions, they often must receive emergency treatment in hospitals, which are currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Allowing desperately needed personal protective equipment to be used to deliberately end lives during a pandemic in which doctors are desperately trying to save lives is a disservice to health care workers putting their own lives on the line.

States including Kentucky, Maryland, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas have included abortion in non-essential procedures that must be postponed.

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