In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Regional Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Amna Dermish, expressed her displeasure about not be able to perform abortions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has placed a ban on all non-essential medical procedures to preserve hospital beds and personal protective equipment (PPE), but Dermish disagrees with this decision.
“Abortion is unequivocally an essential procedure. It is also incredibly time-sensitive,” Dermish said. “Coupled with mandatory delays and increased costs, abortion will be entirely out of reach for some, and there will be Texans forced to carry pregnancies to term against their will.”
Dermish acknowledged the global pandemic our country is facing, claiming the spread of COVID-19 would worsen because women will be forced to travel out of state for late-term abortions. It should be noted that Planned Parenthood is currently not offering pregnancy resources at this time, and has suspended all services, with the exception of abortion.
Stating that the abortion ban is “threatening to so many people’s well-being,” Dermish called the ban “cruel.”
Undercover Center for Medical Progress videos caught Dermish admitting to breaking federal law to alter abortion procedures and obtain intact fetal body parts. Discussing how she’s yet to extract the full calvarium (skull) for fetal procurement agencies, Dermish laughed and said that was “something to strive for!”
When aborted babies have to be reassembled after the procedure, Dermish said she “marvels” over them. She chatted about how her employees would look for the organs as a game, and Dermish confessed to being fascinated by the baby’s “development.” In the video, Dermish can be heard saying how she has “so much respect for [it].”
A final ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the governor’s ban on abortion procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.