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Pandemic policy changes threaten unborn babies

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/14/20, 11:23 am

Pro-life advocates suffered setbacks in Virginia and Alabama over the weekend. And court decisions about whether abortion businesses can operate during the COVID-19 pandemic may affect other states considering similar policies.

Where do things stand? Several states, including Alabama, have restricted elective medical procedures to conserve healthcare resources for coronavirus patients. On Sunday, a U.S. District judge told the state of Alabama it could not put a hold on abortion, calling it an essential procedure. Similar legal battles are playing out in Texas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. But some developments were more permanent: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, on Friday signed legislation that repeals protections such as mandatory ultrasounds and a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion.

Dig deeper: Read Leah Hickman’s report in Vitals about how pregnancy centers are providing essential services to women in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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