Pandemic Fuels Abortion

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 14, 2020   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Wuhan virus pandemic is spiking demands for abortion. 

States like Texas have put abortion on hold during the pandemic seeing it as a "non-essential" service. But abortion mills report that women are now driving hundreds of miles to kill their unborn children.

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Abortion mill manager Julie Burkhart

Fear that abortion won't be available is forcing some mothers to seek it out more quickly, according to Julie Burkhart, manager of abortion mills in both Wichita and Oklahoma City.

"The calls we've been getting are frantic," said Burkhart, "We've seen more women coming sooner than they would have because they're scared they won't be able to access the services later."

Burkhart says her deadly business is booming in Wichita owing to the temporary ban on abortions in Texas. In March 2019, the clinic in Wichita killed 90 babies, said Burkhart. This March, she reports her clinic slaughtered 252 unborn babies.

Alison Dreith, deputy director at Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois is asserting similar claims. According to Dreith, only 50% of women contemplating abortion typically wind up killing their children. During the pandemic scare, however, Dreith claims the rate is now 85%.

One couple chose to abort their child to avoid the multiple hospital visits that would increase the mother's likelihood of contracting the coronavirus.

Hope Clinic staffer Hannah Dismer said one couple chose to abort their child to avoid the multiple hospital visits that would increase the mother's likelihood of contracting the coronavirus. 

"It hit me really hard that she and her husband had to make that difficult decision," remarked Dismer.

Such states as Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas have categorized elective abortion as non-essential, thus halting the procedure to free up medical resources amidst the pandemic.

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According to the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "Elective abortion is neither 'essential' nor 'urgent,' but it does consume critical resources such as masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment, and unnecessarily exposes patients and physicians to pathogens."

Michigan abortion provider Dr. Jen Villavicencio sees the demand for abortions continuing to rise as financial uncertainty increases during the pandemic.

The calls we've been getting are frantic.

"I hear it in my patient's voices and questions daily," said Villavicencio. "They're worried about how they will make their rent, feed their family, access a ventilator if the need arises."

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has protected abortion in the state by labeling it an essential service. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, slammed Whitmer for this in a statement April 2.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

"Governor Whitmer requires Michiganders to delay important medical procedures deemed non-essential, and yet allows elective abortions to continue," asserted Dannenfelser. "Right now, we need to devote all of our resources to fighting this pandemic so that the most vulnerable can survive."

She called on Whitmer to end the "unnecessary procedures" adding, "Abortion is an elective procedure that ends the life of an innocent human being and diverts critical personal protective equipment (PPE) away from our health care workers who are on the front lines."

During the uptick in abortion, providers are now adopting new measures to help mothers kill their babies at home. Doctor Meera Shah, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York City is saying her staff is providing so-called telemedicine to mothers at home.

"We provided a medication abortion to an EMT while she was sitting in her ambulance," admitted Shah. "We provided abortion care to a mother who was at home with her children running around behind her."

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