Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Can’t let a pandemic get in the way of death!
First, a little mood music:
Requiring testing for Coronavirus before a major surgery can be undertaken seems like a reasonable requirement. The ACLU’s obsession with abortion, however, runs contrary to this.
“The latest effort from abortion providers to stop states from restricting abortion during the COVID-19 outbreak is an especially troubling one: In Arkansas, the American Civil Liberties Union and the state’s lone abortion clinic have sued to block a policy that would require women to obtain a negative coronavirus test before getting an abortion.
“The previous week, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the Arkansas policy that included elective abortions among the non-essential procedures that the state limited during the COVID-19 response in order to prevent the spread of disease and conserve medical equipment.”
Telemedicine in an age where social/physical distancing is a must for vulnerable patients. However Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf would rather that no one gets such help if it doesn’t further abortion.
“Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a telemedicine bill meant to help people use the internet for virtual doctor visits and receive medication because it did not include abortion pills.
“The bill received a new amendment that bans “the use of telemedicine for procedures that are not approved under the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS),” which does not include the at-home abortion drug mifeprex.
“REMS ‘requires patients to be informed about a drug’s side effects, along with the drug’s registration with an FDA safety program.’”
In the U.K. and Ireland, women can cause their own abortion at home and hope that a serious side-effect does not occur.
“In Britain and Ireland, women wanting to end their pregnancies can now forego visits to a doctor or abortion clinic but have a consultation over the phone before the mifepristone and misoprostol pills are mailed to them.
“The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) – the ‘leading provider of abortion services in the U.K.’ – and Marie Stopes U.K. are among those offering the ‘telemedicine’ service.
“‘We’re really proud to be able to offer this to our clients, to help them access abortion care at a time of great uncertainty,’ tweeted BPAS.
“Mifepristone, a synthetic steroid also known as RU-486, is taken orally, followed 24-48 hours later by misoprostol, taken orally or vaginally. Together, the drugs are reported to be more than 98 percent effective in destroying an unborn child up to two months after conception.”