AFA-IN: Governor Holcomb & IN Abortion Clinics

Governor Holcomb Responds with An Executive Order
         Late last week, Indiana State Representative Christy Stutzman sent a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb asking a question that many Hoosiers have been wondering during the coronavirus shut down.   Her letter asks why Indiana abortion clinics are open when they perform elective, non-essential medical “services.”   Most Hoosiers cannot get in to see their dentist or even their hairdresser right now.  Why are abortions continuing at full speed when hospitals need masks, gloves, gowns and other medical items used for abortions?
         It’s not only average Hoosiers asking this question. Seventy-four members of the Indiana House and Senate signed this letter!    Several other states have ordered abortion clinics to stop doing abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Indiana should do the same. 
         Here is part of this important letter:
         “I write you on behalf of my constituents and fellow legislators listed below. We are receiving communication from constituents urging the state to halt elective surgical abortions due to the pandemic as have Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Maryland. Our constituents are concerned that clinics offering these elective abortions are using much needed medical supplies, during a time of crisis for elective surgeries. 
         The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released “Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations” to “limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical surgical procedures . . . [to] assist in the management of vital healthcare resources during this public health emergency.”  The recommendations include a tiered framework to “inform health systems as they consider resources and how to best provide surgical services and procedures to those whose condition requires emergent or urgent attention to save a life, preserve organ function, and avoid further harms from underlying condition or disease” (emphasis added). Using this as a guidance, since the vast majority of surgical abortions are not outpatient surgical procedures, they would be considered elective procedures that are certainly not necessary to “save a life, preserve organ function, and avoid further harm.”  Emergency abortions are defined in IC 16-34-2-0.5 and 16-34-2-1.2.
         Therefore, we are requesting clarification at to whether elective surgical abortions are intended to be included in your emergency orders suspending elective surgical procedures in Indiana.”
         Yesterday, Governor Holcomb responded by issuing an executive order that stated in part, starting tomorrow, “all health care providers, whether medical dental or other and health care facilities, whether hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dental facilities, plastic surgery centers, dermatology offices and abortion clinics, are directed to cancel or postpone elective non-urgent surgical or invasive procedures.”  
          I commend the Governor for taking this step and hope that Indiana abortion clinics comply with this for the sake of our national emergency.  
          However, some believe that the order is weak and could be left it up to the abortionist to decide.  The next sentence states that “an elective and non-urgent procedure” is “determined by the patient’s treating physician.”  

My Pillow Founder . . . What a Guy!!
         At the President’s daily briefing yesterday, President Trump asked the founder of My Pillow to say a few words about how his company is working to help in this crisis by making tens of thousands of face masks for medical personnel.   
         After talking about what his company is doing, My Pillow founder, Mike Lindell, praised the President for his efforts on the virus, and then said, “if you don’t mind, I am going to go off the cuff here. . . God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives, a nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bible and spend time with our families.”
         “I did not know he was going to do that, but he’s a friend of mine. . . I do appreciate it,” Trump said afterward.

Polling on Corona
         There are several polling companies looking at the COVID-19 crisis and Americans views of its impact and steps taken to address it.  One polling group, Morning Consult, had this to say two days ago:
        • Consumer confidence in the economy has deteriorated, but in spite of their concerns about the economy, Americans are more concerned about the health crisis. 
         • More than 4 out of 5 Americans believe the US should continue to practice social distancing for as long as necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus – even if it means continued damage to the economy.
         • When asked what activities Americans are participating more now that they are limited from attending events and restaurants, the top answer was cooking, followed by live streaming of movies and TV shows. 
         • Americans say that the most important items to have in their home right now are soap (97%), medicine (94%), non-perishable food items (93%), laundry detergent (91%), sanitizing wipes (87%) toilet paper (87%) and batteries (80%).  Beauty supplies rank near the bottom at 22%.  Toilet paper is ranked as the hardest item to buy now. 
         Morning consult has also found that Americans approval of President Trump has risen from three months ago while his disapproval rating has dropped.   An ABC/Washington Post poll has found that when asked about his handling of the crisis 51% of Americans approve while 45% disapprove. His overall approval rating of 48% is the first time in their poll during his presidency that he has exceeded his disapproval rating (45%). 

In Their Own Words:
        “It must be felt that there is no national security, but in the nation’s humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling Providence.”   – President Franklin Pierce, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1853
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