A Texas abortionist is making headlines after announcing his decision to self-quarantine for two weeks after experiencing potential coronavirus symptoms.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Joe Nelson said he decided to quarantine himself Monday after he felt a tickle in his throat, followed by coughing and a high fever. Having tested negative for influenza and unable to be tested for the novel coronavirus, Nelson opted to self-quarantine.
That means that for two weeks, there may be fewer preborn children terminated at the three abortion clinics at which Nelson works.
While LifeSiteNews is careful to state that neither Nelson’s illness nor the potential spread of coronavirus to other abortionists is something to celebrate, the potential saving of innocent lives surely is.
Nelson, however, is fearful for what his absence from the clinics might mean for his patients.
“Potentially, it could have a huge impact,” Nelson told HuffPost. “There are not that many doctors who provide abortion care in Texas. A lot of the doctors that do come in from out of state. In a situation where doctors are less likely to want to travel, if there’s no one to cover me, patients will have to wait.”
HuffPost focused largely on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on what they so sweetly call “abortion access,” drumming up worry over shortages of everything from “clinicians who can provide sexual and reproductive health services” to supplies like face masks and exam gloves.
“If a provider gets sick, that’s one fewer person to provide care,” said the “Reverend” Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an infamous pro-abortion clergywoman and president of the National Abortion Federation. “One or two people unable to show up can make the difference between a clinic being able to function or not.”
Clinics across the country are preparing for the worst and taking extra steps to protect their clients from coronavirus exposure. Clinic staff are asking women to do as much paperwork as possible online and over the phone to reduce the time they spend in the office. Some clinics have adjusted their patient schedules and are spacing appointments further apart so there is less overlap.
Ragsdale is concerned about how physicians will get to their clinics as travel becomes more fraught. The same goes for patients, she said, who may not want to take public transportation at this time. Patients may also struggle to come up with the money for an abortion if they are out of work due to the coronavirus, and school closures may make it harder for them to secure reliable child care.
“We worry that all health care resources are being channeled to non-elective procedures, and abortion tends to be classified as an elective procedure,” Ragsdale said. “We understand that abortion isn’t a stroke or a heart attack, and it can be scheduled out. But it can’t be scheduled out indefinitely.”
When a woman elects to end the life of her child in the womb, yes, that’s the very definition of elective.
In a time like this where much of the civilized world is focusing all its efforts on preserving life, it is heartbreaking to consider this desperation to end human life.
May the Lord have mercy on their hearts.
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