How Some Abortion Clinics Have Found Ways To Operate Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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While states like Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas have declared abortion to be a non-essential elective medical procedure and thus subject to temporary suspension in response to the coronavirus outbreak, other states, like New York, have tried to make abortion even more accessible than ever. 

Last week, Time Magazine highlighted one pro-abort’s efforts to ensure women in Maine are able to easily obtain abortions even amidst this national health crisis.

According to the piece, while areas of the country began preparing for lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders around the time of March 12, the Program Director at Maine Family Planning, Leah Coplon “spent that weekend making plans for a program that would use the clinic’s existing telehealth setup to create a no-test, pick-up medication abortion service for patients with pregnancies of 10 weeks or less.”

The goal, of course, was to limit human contact without restricting access to abortion procedures. The Monday following the 12th, Coplon “smoothed out any wrinkles in the protocol with the National Abortion Federation. By Wednesday, March 18, Maine Family Planning launched its first contact-free, no-test abortion telehealth program, one of only a few in the country.”

The fact that Maine is now allowing women to receive the two medications necessary to accomplish an early-term abortion without so much as an exam is unsettling, to say the least.

According to Time Magazine, women in Maine can simply complete an initial screening via the phone to determine if they are eligible for a “medication abortion.” If they are determined to be eligible, a telehealth visit with staff is performed to go over options, review the informed consent process, and receive instructions for completing the abortion.

The article goes on to detail  this new process for early-term abortions:

After a telehealth visit with the clinician, she could simply pick up her pre-packaged medication, instructions, and a home pregnancy test at one of 18 branches of the clinic around the state. One week later, she’d have a follow-up telehealth appointment to ensure everything went smoothly, and three weeks after that, she’d take the home pregnancy test to make sure the abortion was effective. The clinic has a 24/7 number where patients can reach out with any concerns.

As one would naturally expect, such careful consideration of how to make the termination of unborn life so accessible, as  Time magazine notes out, “Leaders from 52 anti-abortion groups have signed a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, urging public officials to restrict the operations of abortion providers to ‘free up much needed medical equipment’ as well as ‘ensure that telemedicine abortion is not expanded during the crisis.’”

The coronavirus is no match for the mortality rate of abortion especially if the whole process is made much easier for women to obtain one. 

Make no mistake. Even in the early stages of pregnancy, this is a violent procedure in which an innocent life is taken. There is no other way to define it.

The fight to ensure that abortion services and accessibility are not irreversibly expanded during this unprecedented crisis is urgent. Governors all across the country are discovering that abortion can, in fact, be halted all with the dash of the pen. Now is the time for pro-life government leaders to take action to end the mass genocide of the unborn.

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