Inslee Cancels All Elective Surgeries and Procedures, Except for Abortions

In an effort to combat COVID-19, aside from mandating “social distancing,” Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration issued a directive requiring all medical and dental offices to cancel elective health care services, procedures and surgeries “that are not anticipated to cause harm to the patient within the next three months,” in order to preserve needed medical supplies for those who are fighting the virus.

I understood why this was necessary and still do. But what I do not understand is why his directive specifically and explicitly exempts abortion clinics.

Politics aside, up until this point, I had been relatively impressed with the way Washington’s governor had handled this health crisis in a nonpartisan manner in our state and with the Trump Administration. He made difficult decisions early, and was forced to make those unpopular decisions before any other states had done so. And it appears that the growth of the disease in Washington has, to this point, not followed the trend of massive spread that has been seen in other parts of the world.

But to issue this mandate and exempt abortion clinics from it shows that he appears more serious about protecting political agendas than he is in containing this disease. I hope that I’m wrong.

I’ll say it bluntly – regardless of your opinion towards abortion, COVID-19 is a far greater threat to human health than a closed abortion clinic. Hospitals need masks and gloves to handle COVID-19 cases more than abortion clinics need them to pull terminated children from the womb.

Banning elective healthcare procedures and prohibiting church services during a time of national emergency are tough decisions. But if they’re going to be enacted, they should be enacted in all circumstances – not just ones that suit a political agenda. I’m having a hard time believing that church meetings are dangerous for health and disease transmission but operating an abortion clinic is not.

Please click here to contact Governor Inslee and ask why elective abortions can still be performed while all other elective procedures have been canceled.

In the meantime, please continue to do everything you can to keep your families healthy and safe.

Thank you for your quick action!

4 replies
  1. Alice Darroch
    Alice Darroch says:

    I want to veto SB5395 Re CSE. I think it is highly inappropriate for the school to be ‘teaching’ our children this material. It is the parents job to share with their children what and when such material. This is going too far. Our children are being used as a tool to forward a political agenda. The innocence of our children is being corrupted from all levels. Stop this insanity! You stand to give an account to Almighty God for what you are thinking of introducing to our children. I say along with millions of parents “NO!” Leave our children alone. Let the schools teach what they are supposed to teach and what they have always taught in the past! Math and English and grammer and history etc. Stay out of our lane!

  2. Melody Paasch
    Melody Paasch says:

    I adamantly disagree with Inslee’s choice to shut down all unnecessary medical procedures except abortions. I don’t think he has any idea what he is in agreement with. This is a very dangerous posturing and I feel that there will be harsh ramifications for everyone involved. I’m disappointed with the actions of our governor and question his motives and reasoning in this.

    Thank you.


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