President Trump’s sobering update from the White House yesterday included projections that the current trajectory of the coronavirus global pandemic could potentially claim between 100,000 and 240,000 American lives.
The grim death rate, even on the low end, is almost twice as much as those who die annually from the flu.
The race to save lives has unleashed an unprecedented response from federal, state and local governments as well as other organizations. From field hospitals rising in convention centers and hotels to the deployment of hospital ships on both coasts, it’s an all-out effort to save lives.
Amid a heartbreaking time, it’s something that’s nevertheless heartening to see.
When asked in an interview about the cost and expenditure of human resources, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded rhetorically, “What price can you put on human life?”
He’s absolutely right, of course. Every soul is of inestimable worth.
But as I watch Gov. Cuomo and others champion the preservation of lives, I’m struck by the disconnect and the perfect storm of irrationality that arises when some of those same individuals defend Planned Parenthood’s decision to continue killing babies throughout the crisis.
The emotion Gov. Cuomo has to save New Yorkers lives is exactly how we feel about saving the lives of the preborn. Now he feels our passion for life. We applaud his zeal for it, too.
So, if the desire to preserve humanity is so great in the face of COVID-19, why is there a similar conviction to continue taking innocent human life in abortion clinics?
It seems like a person who is blinded when slapped across the cheek with reason might see such glaring inconsistencies and “wake up” to their absurd reality.
In the wake of calls for medical supplies and fear of exposure to dangerous pathogens, governors in Ohio, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Alabama ordered abortion clinics to close. The clinics objected, of course, and several sympathetic courts stayed the directives.
Thankfully, just yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily reinstated the ban in Texas.
But in all 49 other states, abortions continue – while countless medical professional risk their own lives to save those stricken by the coronavirus.
Defending the decision to keep abortion clinics open, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) stated, “Abortion is an essential component of comprehensive healthcare.”
I have a serious question for the ACOG: What disease does abortion treat?
According to Dr. Christian Francis, president of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Elective abortion is neither ‘essential’ nor ‘urgent,’ but it does consume critical resources such as masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, and unnecessarily exposes patients and physicians to pathogens.”
Those on the left find themselves in the middle of a glaring contradiction.
In the coming days we will be rightly cataloging the numbers of those lost to COVID-19 – but what about the more than 2,000 babies killed each day by abortion? Sadly, those numbers are regularly ignored.
I hope you might consider reaching out to the courageous and principled governors in the five states and compliment them on their executive orders to shut down these abortion clinics in order to preserve not only life but also critical resources.
Please also join me in praying that federal courts will rule these governors are well within their authority to manage the resources of their states.
The coronavirus scourge is upending life on so many levels, but perhaps wisdom will prevail in this instance and allow the pandemic to actually save innocent lives in the process.