All pregnancy-related healthcare is timely and essential reproductive healthcare. A patient seeking abortion care is not going to consider it as “elective” – it is healthcare that is critically necessary to obtain without delay. The directive from the Maryland Department of Health makes it clear that medical care necessary for the health of the patient is essential, and not elective.
The current pandemic shows us why healthcare is a basic human right. We need to do all we can to ensure public health and safety as well as access to essential care.
It is also important to note this joint statement from national medical professional associations:
“Obstetric and gynecologic procedures for which a delay will negatively affect patient health and safety should not be delayed. This includes gynecologic procedures and procedures related to pregnancy for which delay would harm patient health. Obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care practitioners should be aware of the unintended impact that policies responding to COVID-19 may have, including limiting access to time-sensitive obstetric and gynecological procedures.”
March 16, 2020 joint statement by The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), Society of Family Planning (SFP), Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)