Shut Down Churches for Coronavirus, "Yes", Shut Down Abortion Clinics, "No"
The social distancing demands are rotted through with contradictory hypocrisies.
Press conferences continue even as religious services have been shut down. Churches and synagogues are being shuttered, but abortion is in the Constitution.
Federal judges on Monday lifted restrictions Texas, Ohio and Alabama imposed on abortion during the coronavirus pandemic in decisions that could have repercussions for several more Republican-led states that have deemed the procedure non-essential during the crisis.
In Texas, District Court Judge Lee Yeakel sided with abortion clinics and granted a temporary restraining order through April 13 while arguments on the underlying legality of the state's order play out.
In Ohio, District Court Judge Michael Barrett similarly sided with Planned Parenthood and other groups challenging the state's ban and issued a two-week temporary restraining order.
In Alabama, District Court Judge Myron Thompson ordered the suspension of the state's abortion ban until he can hear arguments in a video conference on April 6.
"The State’s interest in immediate enforcement of the March 27 order — a broad mandate aimed primarily at preventing large social gatherings — against abortion providers does not, based on the current record, outweigh plaintiffs’ concerns," he said.
Interesting. Because it seems to be okay when it's used to shut down gun stores and religious gatherings, but not abortion.
What's infuriating is that we've had some of the greatest violations of civil rights in our nation's history in the past few weeks. These were implemented to stop a pandemic. But while we can bar people from religious worship services, states can't treat abortion as a non-essential medical procedure. It can treat a variety of serious medical procedures that way, but the Planned Parenthood baby parts business must roll on.
Lefty priorities must persist, no matter the crisis. But everyone else can lose their civil rights.