In some states, coronavirus measures are effectively banning abortion

imrs.phpDate Published: April 1, 2020

Source: Washington Post

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In an effort to free up health resources to fight COVID-19 physicians and hospitals across the world are canceling elective, that is nonessential, surgeries and procedures. However, some states in the US, such as Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, are using this as a means of halting abortions by labelling them as nonessential services. In this way, the antiabortion movement has been targeting state laws limiting abortion access as opposed to fighting at federal courts. However, this COVID-19 antiabortion moment is causing commotion as many believe that the cost of unwanted pregnancies is higher than the cost of the pandemic, since it places an undesirable financial burden on parents and the US at large.

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Summary by: Mark Youssef