COVID-19 is undoubtedly a threat to Kentucky’s families. At the time of this writing, the disease has been found in more than 800 cases and has resulted in 35 deaths in our state. It should be taken seriously.
Officials have issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread and mandated other precautionary measures to assist in combating the disease, such as a temporary ban on “non-essential” elective medical and dental procedures – in order to preserve medical equipment and supplies that our doctors and nurses need to fight COVID-19.
We have yet to hear of any dental or medical offices continuing to perform elective procedures in defiance of the order – except for one: EMW Women’s Surgery Center, Kentucky’s lone abortion clinic.
Despite the reality that more than 97% of abortions performed nationally are elective and not medically-necessary, the abortion industry in Kentucky continues to compete with doctors and nurses for critical supplies, such as gloves, masks, and sanitizer.
In other words, while doctors and nurses are fighting to save lives, abortion clinics are more worried about preserving their ability to take it. We cannot allow them to define themselves as “essential” and endanger our state’s ability to treat patients with COVID-19.
We published this graphic earlier in the week contrasting the death rates between COVID-19 and EMW Women’s Clinic. Our figures are supplied by a source at the clinic.
Doctors and nurses around the world have died due to exposure while treating patients who have COVID-19. Every mask used to take life at an abortion clinic is a mask that cannot be used to protect a doctor or nurse who is operating in close proximity to the deadly virus.
We are all making sacrifices to protect our neighbors and family members during this challenging time. And at this moment in our history, we should be willing to set our personal opinions toward abortion aside and objectively conclude that treating COVID-19 and protecting those who are fighting on the front lines is infinitely more important.
Almost all churches across the nation are temporarily forgoing in-person meetings, despite having a constitutional right to meet, in the interest of public health. Abortion clinics should, at the very least, be willing to temporarily halt the performance of elective procedures – even if a court says they have a right to do them.
TFF is watching House Bill 451, a bill that, if passed, will grant Kentucky’s Attorney General the authority to enforce laws, including the governor’s executive orders, pertaining to abortion. That bill is still alive and has been making progress in the House. Lawmakers are expected to return to Frankfort on April 15th to take up the final slate of bills for this legislative session.
We will keep you updated as to its progress and ask that you call the Legislative Message Line at (800) 372-7181 between Tuesday, April 7 and noon on Monday, April 13, ask your legislators to support HB 451, and ask the Leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote. Thank you!