I wish Americans would be equally shocked hearing that almost a million unborn children are destroyed in the womb every year as they are shocked hearing an estimated 100,000 to 240,000 will die from the coronavirus scourge.
Star Parker is an author, nationally syndicated columnist, and founder of CURE, a non-profit organization based in Washington DC that addresses issues of culture, poverty and race relations from a Judeo-Christian conservative perspective. Below is an article by Ms. Parker and posted in World Net Daily.
Here are a few examples of headlines over recent weeks.
“Republicans exploit coronavirus to restrict abortions” – Los Angeles Times
“The coronavirus becomes an excuse to restrict abortions” – The New York Times
“Texas women forced to travel 20 times farther for abortion under
coronavirus ban” – The Hill
Five states – Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Iowa and Mississippi – that are prohibiting nonessential medical procedures during the novel coronavirus health crisis have included abortion among these nonessential procedures.
The logic is straightforward. There is a dire shortage of medical equipment, facilities and personnel. Plus, most states have mandated social distancing to arrest the spread of infection – requirements that would be impossible to adhere to in abortion clinics.
It so happens that halting abortion saves the lives of unborn children. This is always true. But prohibiting needed supplies from being tied up and enforcing distance will also save the lives of Americans under threat of the virus.
Abortion providers in Texas, led by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, filed suit against the state’s decision to restrict abortions under these circumstances. Their claim was upheld in federal district court, and permission for abortions was restored. However, the state appealed the decision, and the appeals court reversed the decision and restored the restriction, pending a hearing on April 13.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James was interviewed on National Public Radio to discuss her efforts to organize opposition to efforts to include abortion as a prohibited, nonessential procedure during this crisis.
Per James, New York and 17 other states have filed an amicus brief to support Texas abortion providers’ efforts to restore permissibility of abortion.
James says: “This ban does nothing, nothing to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. … Texas is doing nothing more than using this pandemic as an excuse to trespass on the rights of women and to treat them like second-class citizens.”
This comes from the attorney general of New York, the state with the nation’s highest abortion rate – and the nation’s gravest challenges during this COVID-19 crisis.
How is it that the New York attorney general finds time to challenge how Texas is managing its fight against the coronavirus when her own state cannot manage its crisis?