The novel pandemic, COVID-19 has badly effected women. One of the important issues, which governments do not consider as important, that is being faced by women is related to abortion.
Well, it seems strange, how can coronavirus impede abortions?
Government officials in the states of Texas, Ohio, Alabama, and Oklahoma have tried to ban most abortions — that is, those that are not required to preserve the life or health of the mother — on the basis that they do not consider them urgent or medically necessary during this pandemic
Same is the case with other states of USA and many other parts of the world.
In Utah, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana, officials are currently contesting a woman’s right to an abortion. Abortions are already restricted in Alaska, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Some feminists believe that this is the consequence of power imbalance: power imbalance in the COVID-19 response. According to them, the insufficient number of female leaders places women at a disadvantage.
Although, the coronavirus task force of U.S.A initially consisted entirely of men in the beginning, which was later joined by two women in the month of February, but they believe that the cause for such problem has its roots in the existing power dynamics on a political level.
All this results in the policies that prove themselves detrimental to women’s reproductive health.
But actual reason behind this is to preserve hospital resources, including beds to cope with the pandemic.
To analyze if this decision is right, we need to know if literally abortions are that unimportant?
Dr. Erin King, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Missouri, while elucidating the importance of abortions in an interview, said, “It’s important to remember that people [seeking] abortion care need that care when they need it.”
“They know their bodies best, their social situations best, their lives best. And if it is not the right time for them to be pregnant, that pregnancy is not waiting for the end of a pandemic. Although abortion is safe pretty much all of the time, the earlier you are in your pregnancy it’s an even safer procedure.”
She was requested to illuminate, are abortions necessary even during a pandemic? Keeping in view that they are considered “elective,” Dr. King said: “Abortion in general is medically necessary, and for patients seeking abortion, they can’t wait. Their pregnancy is continuing to grow regardless of what’s happening outside their bodies.”
Furthermore: “There are patients with medical conditions that will worsen if they don’t access abortion care as quickly as possible. There are patients with fetuses that have multiple anomalies, and they may end up actually being past a gestational age where they can access abortion care if they wait.”