According to the World Health Organization, abortion is an essential service during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak," the WHO said in a statement on Sunday. "Women's choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health care should be respected, irrespective of whether or not she has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection."
The statement also said that health care associated with reproduction is "integral to universal health coverage," including "contraception, quality health care during and after pregnancy and childbirth, and safe abortion to the full extent of the law."
🔦 Health departments and state leaders across the U.S. have had to make decisions on whether abortions should be considered essential during the pandemic in an effort to preserve personal protective equipment for those battling COVID-19.