The governors of two states are taking different approaches when it comes to elective abortions during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but they're both running into opposition.
In Oklahoma, a Trump-appointed judge has temporarily blocked that state's ban on elective abortions during the pandemic. The ban from Governor Kevin Stitt (R-Oklahoma) is part of a broader effort to ban any elective surgeries as a way of making sure there are enough medical supplies and hospital rooms in the Sooner State. According to The Hill, The Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood sued Oklahoma, arguing Stitt was using the pandemic as a front to instate an unconstitutional ban on abortion.
District Judge Charles Goodwin ruled the ban would cause "irreparable harm" to women unable to get abortions. Tony Lauinger of Oklahomans for Life is disappointed by Goodwin's decision to essentially "grant a waiver" to the abortion industry so they can destroy human lives.
"[That belief is] an abject contradiction of the life-affirming efforts that our entire nation is undertaking to try to protect human beings from death due to this coronavirus," he tells OneNewsNow. "The abortion industry is intent on killing human beings during this crisis."
Several other states have sought to ban all elective medical procedures, including elective abortions. A few have been blocked in federal court, although at least one state, Texas, recently won its case at the Fifth U.S. Circuit of Appeals, which upheld its ban on elective abortions.
But over in Louisiana …
Louisiana, like Texas, is under the jurisdiction of the Fifth Circuit – but clearly some abortuaries there are benefiting from the ruling. As a result, a former pro-life lawmaker is calling on the governor to shut down what has become an abortion explosion in the state.
Governor John Bel Edwards (D-Louisiana) issued an Executive Proclamation on March 22 ordering a "stay at home" policy unless people are performing an essential service. According to the Fifth Circuit's ruling, a state can legally ban most abortions while under an emergency order limiting non-essential surgeries during the pandemic. Yet abortion clinics in the Bayou State – in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, especially – are continuing to terminate pre-born children.
Former Democratic State Senator John Malkovich has written an open letter asking Governor Edwards to close the clinics. "With the abortions shut down or slowed down in Texas and Mississippi, many people are coming to Louisiana for us to do their abortions," he describes. "And we're saying 'Look, governor shut 'em down! Shut these abortions down!'"
Milkovich is convinced that if a federal court can tell Texas it can shut down non-emergency abortions, it applies to Louisiana as well.
"Come on, governor – Let's shut down non-emergency abortions," the former state lawmaker urges. "Let's stop the killing of babies in the midst of this COVID epidemic."
According to Milkovich, the clinics are remaining open strictly to rake in the extra money – and that while the medical supplies are needed elsewhere to fight the virus, the clinics can't justify continuing abortions on the basis of greed.