Christopher Anderson: Is Planned Parenthood of Baltimore City Importing Patients from New York?
There is something unsettling about the corner of West Mulberry and North Howard streets. The corner is the site of Planned Parenthood of Baltimore City, which for many is the site of death, deep regret, and sorrow. There is not much to the actual corner besides an eerie montage of photos of smiling women and children (there are very few photos of men posted). Pedestrians walk by, cars zoom by, and life seems to go on.
Last week, I joined a few other pro-life demonstrators to peacefully stand and pray outside Planned Parenthood. We wanted to pray for our unborn brothers and sisters —and the nieces and nephews that we will never know. We wanted to remind the world that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic — which has claimed hundreds of lives in Maryland — Planned Parenthood remains open and yes, it still performs surgical abortions.
But last week, there was something different about the cars that pulled up to Planned Parenthood. In contrast to a previous demonstration that I took part in, many of the cars that appeared had New York license plates.
The young women — none of whom wore protective face masks or gloves — seemed very young and bewildered. They were sometimes accompanied by someone or sometimes they came in by themselves. They saw our signs but made no comment and often looked straight ahead.
Confused as to the number of cars with New York license plates that appeared that day, I finally asked another demonstrator. He candidly informed me: “Oh yeah, the Planned Parenthood of Greater New York closed down some of its sites due to the pandemic. They’re now sending folks down here to Baltimore.”
I couldn’t understand. Why would Planned Parenthood send so many young women to Baltimore for surgical abortions? More importantly, how could our state and local leaders allow this to happen? As Baltimore struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, Planned Parenthood of Baltimore is importing patients from a highly affected COVID-19 area (New York) to perform what could otherwise be an elective surgery (which have been cancelled in many parts of our state)?
The whole situation made no sense. I tried to piece together the pieces of a very disturbing puzzle and reconcile facts with what I saw last week. Here is what I found:
1. The Planned Parenthood of Greater New York has laid off or furloughed more than 240 workers, while temporarily closing 11 of its 28 locations.
2. New York’s Planned Parenthood reported that it faces losses of $32 million amid the COVID-19 crisis.
3. Planned Parenthood reports that since the coronavirus first flared up in New York in March 2020, abortion-related appointments at Planned Parenthood have remained steady.
4. On March 27, a federal appeals court refused to clear the way for a Trump administration policy that bars federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.
5. The decision from the federal court applies only to Maryland; as such, Maryland is the one state not subject to abortion restrictions related to the new policy.
The troubling pattern has since continued. As New York’s Planned Parenthood offices close their doors and furlough their workers, it continues to export young women to Baltimore City. These young women often come to Planned Parenthood with no protective gear (masks, gloves) despite Planned Parenthood’s policy cited here.
Yet, there is little to no mention of this pattern in local media. Few folks have commented on this pattern as it raises deeper questions of Planned Parenthood’s unwillingness to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
But something needs to change. We need to halt Planned Parenthood’s referrals to Baltimore City. We need to close Planned Parenthood.
We need to end abortion.
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 “Court refuses to allow Trump administration’s abortion referral restrictions to take effect in Maryland”