The Ohio Department of Health is investigating complaints this week about abortion facilities continuing to abort unborn babies in violation of a state health order.
The Columbus Dispatch confirmed the investigation Friday as state leaders work to preserve medical resources and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
As LifeNews.com reported, abortion facilities are ignoring Ohio Health Director Amy Acton’s mandate to stop non-essential medical procedures, which went into effect last week. People called each abortion facility and confirmed that they still are aborting unborn babies.
Last Friday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost ordered two abortion business to stop killing babies in abortions. However, it appears that abortion facilities still are not complying.
Asked about the matter Thursday, pro-life Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said all elective procedures must stop.
“That particular issue has to do with the ban on elective surgery, things that couldn’t occur or may not occur,” he said during his daily press conference. “And once again, if you’re dealing with this procedure, or whatever it is, is done to save someone’s life, well obviously that’s something that needs to be done. But if it’s elective surgery, then the order says they can’t do it.”
Dan Tierney, the governor’s spokesman, also confirmed that they are investigating complaints about abortion facilities’ non-compliance with the health order, according to the report.
A spokeswoman for Yost’s office assured the public that they are enforcing compliance, the report continues.
“If the teams determine that any business is not in compliance with one of their orders, rest assured that our office stands ready to go to court to enforce those orders if necessary,” she said.
Meanwhile, NARAL Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland slammed pro-life organizations for calling out abortion facilities’ defiance.
“It’s unfortunate that anti-choice organizations are lodging baseless complaints against Ohio abortion providers. These organizations are forcing the Ohio Department of Health, who is at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, to waste valuable resources,” Copeland said in a statement Thursday.
But it is abortion facilities that are wasting valuable resources to kill unborn babies when hospitals need them to save lives. Abortions are elective, and they do not save lives. They destroy them.
On Thursday, pro-life leaders with Ohio Right to Life sent a letter to state health leaders urging them to shut down abortion facilities and save lives.
“These clinics are performing surgical procedures in conflict with your order during this state of emergency,” the letter states. “Nowhere in the order was there included an exemption for surgical abortions. By performing surgical abortions, each of these facilities is putting the health and safety of all Ohioans in danger.”
State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, echoed their request, noting the growing health crisis.
“The point of the order was to stop the spread of the deadly virus and ensure there would be (personal protective equipment) for the protection for our first responders and health-care workers, which would in turn slow the spread to the general population,” Keller said. “Yet this order remains unenforced while the number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio grows exponentially by the day.”
Earlier this week, the Preterm abortion center in Cleveland, which allegedly killed multiple women in botched abortions, refused to follow the order.
“One clinic in Cleveland said it also would continue providing abortion services despite Attorney General Yost’s letter. According to CBS News, the Attorney General’s office said it would pursue legal action against the clinics if the health department determines that the facilities violated the order,” a local news report indicated.
The Women’s Med Center of Dayton, which kills babies in late-term abortions, also appears to be continuing abortions in violation of the Yost’s order.
According to the Ohio State Medical Association, the order to top non-essential surgery means:
Only scheduled surgeries and procedures that meet one or more of the following criteria as it relates to the patient’s medical condition will be allowed:
There is a threat to the patient’s life if the surgery or procedure is not performed;
There is a threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ;
There is a risk of metastasis or progression of staging;
Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms (time sensitivity).
If the surgery or procedure does not meet one of the above criteria, then it must be canceled, according to state health authorities.
Abortions do not fit any of those categories. They are elective procedures done to kill unborn babies. 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.”
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.