Matt C. Abbott
Doctors sue to stop surgical abortions in Minnesota during COVID-19 pandemic
FacebookTwitter
By Matt C. Abbott
April 30, 2020

The following is an April 29 news release (edited) from Tom Ciesielka, spokesman for the excellent pro-life, pro-family law firm Thomas More Society:

    A coalition of doctors and Minnesota residents has sued the state’s abortion providers to stop them from performing surgical abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The complaint names Governor Tim Walz, Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health Jan Malcolm, and each of Minnesota’s five abortion clinics as defendants. The plaintiffs include doctors, nurses, the AALFA Family Clinic, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Pro-Life Action Ministries, and several concerned individuals.

    The complaint notes that Governor Walz has ordered a halt to all ‘non-essential or elective’ surgeries and procedures that use personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, and gowns). Because the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment, the governor suspended elective surgeries to conserve personal protective equipment for COVID-19 first responders and others providing essential and medically necessary health care.

    But the State Department of Health is refusing to enforce the governor’s order against abortion providers. And state officials are allowing abortion clinics to squander personal protective equipment on elective and unnecessary surgical abortions—even when medication abortion (which uses less personal protective equipment) remains available as an alternative means of aborting a pregnancy.

    At the same time, the governor has shut down all other elective surgeries and procedures that consume personal protective equipment except for abortion, which exempts abortion providers from the rules that all other health-care providers are required to follow.

    ‘Not only is the governor’s action in allowing elective surgical abortion dangerously unsafe,’ explained Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal, ‘but critically and irresponsibly wasteful. These elective abortion procedures take personal protective equipment away from hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, doctors, nurses, and others on the frontlines of trying to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.’

    The lawsuit is also challenging the governor’s decision to exempt abortion clinic workers from executive orders that mandate social distancing.

    The lawsuit asks the court to declare that Walz, Malcolm, and the state’s abortion clinics are violating the Equal Protection Clause by exempting abortion providers from Minnesota’s COVID-19 prevention measures. The complaint is also requesting that Walz and Malcolm be enjoined from enforcing their COVID-19 executive orders ‘unless and until those orders are amended or reinterpreted to prohibit surgical abortions.’

    The plaintiffs also seek an injunction to stop the defendant abortion clinics from performing surgical abortions when medication abortion remains available.

    Click here to read the Thomas More Society’s complaint.

© Matt C. Abbott

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media, and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

(Note: I welcome and appreciate thoughtful feedback. Insults will be ignored. Only in very select cases will I honor a request to have a telephone conversation about a topic in my column. Email is much preferred. God bless you and please keep me in your prayers!)

Subscribe

Receive future articles by Matt C. Abbott: Click here

More by this author

 

Stephen Stone
HAPPY EASTER: A message to all who love our country and want to help save it

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
FLASHBACK to 2020: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Curtis Dahlgren
Hammer & Tickle: A cultural history of Communism by Ben Lewis, 2009

Jerry Newcombe
The Bible and public policy

Frank Louis
Frank’s fair trade theory: Replacement theory for everyone

Pete Riehm
When the government is lawless, the people turn to an outlaw

Victor Sharpe
The left's lies: A warning for America's very survival

Michael Gaynor
Who Will Make the Finals and Win the Upcoming Presidential Race?

Stephen Stone
‘Teach Your Own’

James Lambert
Illegal alien entry through California border has dramatically increased of late

Rev. Mark H. Creech
‘No other gods before me’: The first commandment’s national significance

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 23: Legalizing pedophilia—The Sorensen Report

Randy Engel
A Documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part IX

Jerry Newcombe
A politically-incorrect prayer
  More columns

Cartoons


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons

Columnists

Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites