WASHINGTON (BP) — Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore joined other pro-life leaders Tuesday (March 24) in urging public health officials to act to prevent the promotion of abortion during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and more than 50 other representatives of national or state organizations called for the action in a letter to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The letter, organized by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, said Planned Parenthood and other organizations are promoting and performing abortions while other elective procedures are being delayed. By discontinuing abortions, Planned Parenthood would make medical equipment that is in limited supply available as the coronavirus spreads in this country, protect women who may require care from an overtaxed health-care system after post-abortion complications and reduce the burden on emergency rooms, according to the letter.
“Life is sacred in every season, but that should be especially obvious in the midst of a public health crisis,” Moore told Baptist Press in written comments. “We must take every measure necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, and that includes stopping Planned Parenthood from exploiting vulnerable communities in danger now from a potentially deadly virus on top of their already violent actions.”
In the letter, the pro-life leaders called for Azar and other officials “to use their broad emergency authority” during the pandemic to:
— Guarantee “emergency response funds” are not turned over to abortion providers;
— Call on abortion clinics to halt their work and contribute their personal protective equipment and other supplies to the fight against the coronavirus;
— Make sure telemedicine abortion does not increase and the federal restrictions on disbursing chemical/medical abortion are preserved;
— — Maintain efforts to halt the illegal sale by mail of chemical/medical abortion;
— Publicize information for women that is both medically factual and helpful in opposition to the “inaccurate and exploitative messaging” from abortion organizations.
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Source: Baptist Press