March 23, 2020
How actually sick is our society?
I guess I’m proud that Ohio is the place where someone is saying something.
Despite a state health order banning non-essential medical procedures during the coronavirus health emergency, Ohio abortion clinics remained open last week.
But after receiving complaints, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost ordered two of them to follow Ohio Health Director Amy Acton’s mandate. Yost’s warning applies to all such clinics in the state.
However, operators of at least one of the clinics responded that they would both comply with Acton’s order and continue to provide abortions.
“Under that order, Planned Parenthood can still continue providing essential procedures, including surgical abortion, and our health centers continue to offer other health care services that our patients depend on. Our doors remain open for this care,’” said a joint statement from Iris E. Harvey and Kersha Deibel, respectively presidents and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. The latter runs an abortion clinic in Cincinnati.
In his letter to abortion providers, Yost said, “You and your facility are ordered to immediately stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions. Non-essential surgical abortions are those that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient.
“If you or your facility do not immediately stop performing non-essential or elective surgical abortions in compliance with the (health director’s) order, the Department of Health will take all appropriate measures.”
On Wednesday, Acton issued an order saying “all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilized (personal protective equipment) should not be conducted.” The state is attempting preserve supplies of equipment needed in combating the virus.
But the reply from Planned Parenthood implies there is no such thing as a “non-essential” abortion.
If all abortion is “essential,” then shouldn’t all babies be aborted?
Maybe that is the solution to white privilege?