50 Pro-Life Leaders Urge HHS To Crack Down on Abortions During COVID-19 .

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A group of 50 pro-life leaders drafted a letter Tuesday asking U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar “to oppose the promotion of abortion amidst our national response to the #COVID19 pandemic.”

“While we are in a hectic race to save lives, Planned Parenthood and other powers in the abortion industry remain insistent on taking the lives of innocent unborn children. While surgery centers postpone elective and diagnostic procedures, abortion centers are churning out surgical and chemical abortions and putting women, especially the poor, at risk,” the letter stated.

“Their continued operation depletes sorely needed personal protective equipment and leads to complications that will further overwhelm already overextended emergency rooms,” stated the letter. “The abortion industry is compounding one crisis with another. Therefore, we urge public officials to use their broad emergency authority to safeguard against the extreme abortion agenda.”

Some abortion clinics, including those in Texas and Ohio, have been ordered by their governors to close doors to patients seeking elective surgeries and “abortions on demand” as the pandemic continues to stretch health care resources. Despite those restrictions, Planned Parenthood’s Ohio offices have ensured patients that they’re still performing “surgical abortions.”

In a statement to SaraACarter.com, Planned Parenthood said the pro-life groups are pushing “politics” and not putting the health and safety of patients first.

“A public health emergency is not the time to play politics. The safety and health of patients, our staff, and our communities must remain the highest priority as our country faces an unprecedented crisis,” Acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement to SaraACarter.com.

Further, McGill Johnson labeled abortion an “essential and time-sensitive medical procedure, as confirmed by medical experts like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Delays or additional barriers to care can make it more difficult or even impossible for some patients to access safe, legal abortion. While we continue to provide critical care during this pandemic and work with our partner health care providers, we must still ensure that patients can access the services they need. “

“Unfortunately, while public health providers are working together in our communities to be there for patients whose health care can’t wait, some anti-abortion activists and politicians are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to push their ideological agenda. This is not the time for politicians or groups to advance their own agenda by taking advantage of a worldwide pandemic,” she concluded.