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Sunday, March 22, 2020

#COVIDIOT: You can't go to Mass, but you can get an abortion

Written by  Olivia Rao
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AT A TIME when churches are rapidly closing their doors, public masses are being canceled and even sacraments such as confession and last rites are becoming more difficult to find, Planned Parenthood is busier than ever.

Planned Parenthood assured the public Thursday that they are doing everything they can to limit the effects of COVID-19 on its clinics.

While the organization reported struggling to find certain standard supplies, such as medication and masks, due to increased demand and the temporary closure of Chinese pharmaceutical factories, few of its services have been halted.

 “Pregnancy-related care, especially abortion care, is essential and life-affirming, especially now, when there is so much insecurity around jobs and food and paychecks and childcare,” said Meera Shah, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood in the New York City suburbs of Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland County, in an interview with Buzzfeed News Thursday.

Shah said she believes Planned Parenthood is, in fact, more important now than ever, as the COVID-19 virus is making people second-guess their desire to have children.

“With people having to stay home, not able to go to work, not getting paychecks, job insecurity, childcare insecurity,” she said, “people are really thinking hard about continuing their pregnancy right now. It feels scary for a lot of people.”

While Planned Parenthood has been forced to close or suspend services in some of its clinics in certain states, the organization remains for the most part in operation.

Far from limiting its services, in fact, Planned Parenthood is working harder than ever to ensure that its patients have access to its “sexual and reproductive health care,” Shah said.

The organization encouraged its patients Wednesday to make use of their new app, Planned Parenthood Direct, which connects the user to a provider who can supply them with birth control without the need to ever step foot outside their homes.

Planned Parenthood Direct is currently available in 28 states and in Washington, D.C.

Conditions are changing rapidly, but the following list gives the most recent information that could be gathered about the operations of Planned Parenthood clinics in the United States.

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All Planned Parenthood clinics state that those who are running fevers or having respiratory problems must cancel and/or reschedule their appointments for a later date.

Alabama

  • Mobile, AL: Patient care will be suspended from March 16-March 20
  • Birmingham, AL: Operating with no restrictions.

Alaska

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Arizona

  • Only patients and staff are allowed in the clinics.

Arkansas

  • All operating with no restrictions.

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California

  • Almost all operating with no restrictions. Only staff, patients and those who absolutely must accompany patients are allowed in the clinics.
  • Manteca, CA: Closed until further notice.
  • Modesto, CA: Closed until further notice.

Colorado

  • All currently operating, but only taking patients with urgent and time-sensitive problems. All others, including those requesting annual exams, are asked to cancel/reschedule their appointments for after April 20.

Connecticut

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Delaware

  • All operating with no restrictions.

District of Columbia

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Florida

  • Most operating with no restrictions.
  • Manatee, FL: temporarily redirecting patients to Sarasota, FL, Health Centers
  • Lakeland, FL: temporarily redirecting patients to nearby clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Naples, FL: temporarily redirecting patients to Fort Myers, FL, Health Centers
  • St. Petersburg, FL: temporarily redirecting patients to Tampa, FL, Health Centers

Georgia

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Hawaii

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Idaho

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Illinois

  • 18 centers are being consolidated to 6 statewide, which will have expanded hours – 2 in Chicago, one in Springfield, one in Aurora and one in Flossmoor
  • Patients scheduled for non-essential appointments are asked to postpone their visits until a later date.

Indiana

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Iowa

  • Screening every single patient for Coronavirus symptoms

Kentucky

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Kansas

  • All operating with no restrictions, but still monitoring the situation.

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge, LA: Closed temporarily last week but reopened now. Closely monitoring and may close again.
  • New Orleans, LA: Closed March 17- March 31. Limited appointments for urgent care are available at Prevention Park Center (TX), Spring Centers (TX). Not taking walk-ins.

Maine

  • Only taking patients with urgent and time-sensitive problems. Referring many to other hospitals and health care providers.

Maryland

  • Very limited appointments, only for urgent care. Not allowing anyone but staff and patients into clinics.

Massachusetts

  • Boston, MA: Limited appointments
  • Marlborough, MA: Closed until further notice.
  • Springfield, MA: Limited appointments
  • Worcester, MA: Limited appointments

Michigan

  • Not allowing anyone but staff and patients into clinics.
  • Ann Arbor, MI (West): Closed until further notice
  • Big Rapids, MI: Closed until further notice.
  • Grand Rapids, MI: Closed until further notice.
  • Jackson, MI: Closed until further notice.
  • Livonia, MI: Closed until further notice.
  • Warren, MI: Closed until further notice.

Minnesota

  • All operating with no restrictions, but screening every single patient for Coronavirus symptoms.

Mississippi

  • Only one in the state. Operating with no restrictions.

Missouri

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Montana

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Nebraska

  • All operating with no restrictions, but screening every single patient for Coronavirus symptoms.

Nevada

  • All currently operating, but only taking patients with urgent and time-sensitive problems. All others, including those requesting annual exams, are asked to cancel/reschedule their appointments for after April 20.

New Hampshire

  • Only taking patients with urgent and time-sensitive problems. Referring many to other hospitals and health care providers.

New Jersey

  • Currently still seeing patients, after screening them, but their hours may change as the situation progresses.

New Mexico

  • All currently operating, but only taking patients with urgent and time-sensitive problems. All others, including those requesting annual exams, are asked to cancel/reschedule their appointments for after April 20.

New York

  • Not allowing anyone but staff and patients into the health centers.
  • Several clinics report closing for 1 day and reopening the following day.
  • Hempstead, NY: Will not hold its usual open Teen Clinic (4 - 6 pm) on the Fridays of 3/20 and 3/27.
  • The Poughkeepsie health center is only open for supply needs on 3/18 - 3/20.

North Carolina

  • All operating with no restrictions.

North Dakota

  • No centers in North Dakota.

Ohio

  • On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) ordered two abortion clinics – Women's Med Center in Dayton and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio's Cincinnati Surgery Center – to stop “non-essential” procedures that require equipment such as surgical masks. He defined “non-essential” procedures as “those that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient.”
  • All others: No guests can accompany patients into the building at this time. If you become ill and have a non-urgent appointment, we recommend you reschedule. No walk-in visits.

Oklahoma

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Oregon

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Pennsylvania

  • West Chester, PA: Closed on March 23
  • Upper Darby, PA: Closed on March 23
  • Pottstown, PA: Closed on March 23
  • Philadelphia, PA (Castor Ave. and Locust Street clinics): Closed on March 23
  • Norristown, PA: Closed on March 23
  • Media, PA: Closed on March 23
  • Coatesville, PA: Closed on March 23
  • Most clinics: only staff and patients allowed in clinics. No walk-ins

Rhode Island

  • All operating with no restrictions.

South Dakota

  • Sioux Falls (only clinic in SD): Operating with no restrictions but screening every patient for Coronavirus symptoms

South Carolina

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Tennessee

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Texas

  • 2 Stafford clinics: Closed until March 31
  • Lewisville: Closed until further notice.
  • Houston, TX (PP Center for Choice Ambulatory Surgical Center): Closed March 21-23
  • Only patients and staff allowed in clinics. No walk-ins.

Utah

  • St. George, UT: Closed until March 31
  • Most operating with no restrictions.

Vermont

  • Only taking patients with urgent and time-sensitive problems. Referring many to other hospitals and health care providers.

Virginia

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Washington

  • All operating with no restrictions.

West Virginia

  • All operating with no restrictions.

Wisconsin

  • Not allowing anyone but staff and patients into the health centers. People who are running fevers or having respiratory problems must cancel/reschedule their appointments.

Wyoming

  • No centers in North Dakota.

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