WHO: Abortion ‘Essential’ During Coronavirus Crisis
World Health Organization states priorities during pandemic
In the WHO's statement, they said:
"Services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
“Women’s choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health care should be respected, irrespective of whether or not she has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection,” the statement continued.
"Sexual and reproductive health care is integral to universal health coverage and achieving the right to health," it added.
“This includes contraception, quality health care during and after pregnancy and childbirth, and safe abortion to the full extent of the law,” the organization declared.
It also noted that it gives both global technology and policy guidance to WHO members “on the use of contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy, safe abortion, and treatment of complications from unsafe abortion.”
Across the United States, governors and health departments issued decisions on whether or not abortions are considered essential services.
But Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Iowa, including the governor of Mississippi, declared abortions non-essential and banned these procedures to preserve PPE for fighting coronavirus.
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As Neon Nettle reported on Friday, Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania stopped its service for in-person birth control and sexually transmitted infection (STI), announcing it will be open “for abortion services only."
The affiliate’s website stated:
“At this time, Planned Parenthood Keystone is serving patients in Allentown, Wilkes-Barre, Warminster, Reading, York, and Harrisburg for abortion services only."
Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania’s website also announced:
Chair of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Dayle Steinberg, said in a statement:
The state health department “confirmed that abortion care is essential, and must remain so during this public health crisis.”