(USA Features) The state of Massachusetts has temporarily banned what it deems as “non-essential surgeries” but has exempted abortion procedures from the list.
“DPH defines nonessential, elective invasive procedures as procedures that are scheduled in advance because the procedure does not involve a medical emergency; provided, however, that terminating a pregnancy is not considered a nonessential, elective invasive procedure for the purpose of this guidance,” said a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Health.
According to the New Boston Post, department officials did not explain why they would not exempt the procedure along with others deemed non-essential as hospitals in the state prepare for a possible influx of coronavirus patients.
“The statement does not explain why abortions are exempted from the ban. A spokesman for the state’s public health agency acknowledged a request for comment from New Boston Post early Wednesday afternoon, but did not immediately provide one,” the paper said.
Procedures considered non-essential include knee and hip replacements, removal of cancerous lesions, tooth extractions, colonoscopies, kidney stone lithotripsy, and removal of ingrown toenails, Breitbart News reported.
“We thank the Baker Administration for working to preserve continued access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care, including abortion care during this unprecedented public health crisis. Reproductive health care decisions are time-sensitive and patients need speedy access to care,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in a statement praising the decision.
Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, criticized the decision, according to the Post.
“Planned Parenthood’s priority is to keep killing babies even when the whole world is focused on saving as many lives as possible right now, and they’ve even managed to convince the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to prioritize elective abortions during the current health crisis,” he said, the paper reported.