Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is taking steps to make sure abortion facilities comply with a state ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus crisis.
On Friday, Cameron urged Eric Friedlander, secretary of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to hold abortion facilities accountable to the mandate, WBKO reports.
“… Kentucky’s abortion providers are violating his ban on elective medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to perform abortions,” Cameron said in a statement. “Kentucky’s current ban on elective medical procedures exists to further the mandated policy of social distancing and to help conserve medical resources for use in fighting COVID-19.”
He urged abortion facilities to join the thousands of medical professionals across Kentucky who are canceling and postponing elective procedures to help slow the spread of the virus and conserve medical supplies.
“Acting Secretary Friedlander is on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am confident that he understands, better than anyone, the necessity of ending abortion procedures during this health crisis,” Cameron continued. “His certification will immediately trigger action by our office to stop elective procedures during the pandemic.”
On Monday, Friedlander declared a public health emergency and ordered “non-emergent, non-urgent in-person medical, surgical, dental and any other healthcare practice or procedure” to stop, according to the report. He explained that an “aggressive social distancing” mandate is necessary to protect lives.
WTVQ reports the state health leader had not responded to Cameron as of Friday afternoon.
Cameron is just one of many state leaders urging abortion facilities to follow state directives banning elective medical procedures during the global health crisis. Also on Friday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt clarified that elective abortions are included in his executive order postponing elective surgeries until April 7. Earlier this week, the governor of Tennessee made the same clarification.
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Last weekend, Louisiana officially became the first abortion-free state in the country. However, a pro-life investigation this week found that at least one abortion facility in the state is not complying with the state order.
Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”
Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy. To prevent maternal mortality, they need access to better health care, not abortions. Abortions kill unborn babies’ lives and put mothers at risk. Common abortion complications include infections, blood clots, hemorrhaging and an incomplete abortion where parts of the baby remain inside the mother’s womb. Abortion risks include future preterm births, breast cancer, suicide, anxiety/depression, and death. And it simply is not true that abortions are safer than childbirth.
Although the situation is fluid, here are the latest reports from LifeNews.com on the status of abortion and orders to stop non-essential medical services:
States Attempting to Protect Babies From Abortion
Texas: Abortion centers are temporarily closed after Governor Greg Abbott’s order. But Texas abortion businesses have sued the state to reopen. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit as well to do abortions and ignore the order.
States Not Protecting Babies From Abortion
New York: New York has issued an order to stop non-essential health services but is not applying it to abortion centers. New York Attorney General: Coronavirus Crisis is No Reason to Stop Killing Babies in Abortions
New Jersey: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Michigan: Governor Whitmer has stopped non-essential medical surgeries but allowed abortion clinics to keep killing babies.
North Carolina: Pro-life groups have called on the governor to stop abortions during the coronavirus crisis.
Washington: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
California: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded. But 11 Planned Parenthood abortion centers have voluntarily closed.
Pennsylvania: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Maine: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.