Add Oklahoma to the list of states where the governor has made it clear that abortion businesses must stop kiling babies in abortions because abortions are not “essential” medical care.
Today, Governor Kevin Stitt clarified that elective abortions are included in his executive order postponing elective surgeries until April 7 to conserve medical resources to combat the coronavirus.
“We must ensure that our health care professionals, first responders and medical facilities have all of the resources they need to combat COVID-19,” Stitt said in the release. “I am committed to doing whatever necessary to protect those who are on the front lines fighting against this virus.”
As hospitals work to preserve personal protective equipment for nurses and doctors battling COVID-19, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has clarified that abortion should be considered an elective surgery and be postponed under his order.
On Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered that all non-essential businesses located in counties affected by COVID-19 to close.
Non-essential businesses are considered places with a ‘social gathering’ aspect, like bars, gyms, and massage parlors.
At the same time, Stitt issued a 14-day suspension of all elective surgeries, minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures in order to protect the state’s supply of personal protective equipment for medical workers.
Whether abortion businesses in the state will stop killing babies in abortions is another question as is whether the state government would enforce the order.
ACTION ALERT: Thank Governor Stitt for ordering the closure of abortion centers and ask him to enforce the order.
Earlier this week, the governor of Tennessee made the same clarification.
On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an order for all medical facilities to stop any non-essential medical care in order to preserve medical supplies to fight the coronavirus. On Thursday, the governor said that order applies to abortion centers.
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“The executive order was certainly crafted in order to provide [personal protective equipment] for health care” professionals involved in the coronavirus response, as well as ensure resources were available for those suspected or already known to have the potentially deadly infection, he said.
“This would be like any other non-essential procedure,” Lee said regarding abortion. “It would be treated the same, and my expectation and belief and certainly my expectation is that no non-essential procedures would be performed in the state during the crisis and during this time we need all of those supplies to be used on the frontlines of protecting citizens.”
Earlier, Lee spokesman Gillum Ferguson said in a statement that “Gov. Lee believes elective abortions aren’t essential procedures, and given the state of [personal protective equipment] in Tennessee and across the country, his hope and expectation would be that those procedures not take place during this crisis.”
The Free Press reports that the state Attorney General is prepared to enforce the order, including ensuring that abortion businesses are not violating it by ending the lives of unborn children.
A spokeswoman for State Attorney General Herbet Slatery was quoted by The Associated Press saying Slatery is “ready to defend the actions of the executive branch in enforcing Executive Order 18.”
Meanwhile, last weekend, Louisiana officially became the first abortion-free state in the country.
Officials issued an order mandating that all non-essential surgeries cease in the state while it battles the outbreak of the coronavirus and they indicated it also applies to abortion. After the order, Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, told LifeNews.com that the Louisiana Department of Health issued new healthcare facility guidelines postponing all medical and surgical procedures unless the procedures are to treat an “emergency medical condition” as defined by the notice.
The pro-life group followed up on the order with phone calls to each of the three abortion centers and confirmed that all of them are complying with the order so far.
But today, the pro-life group Live Action released footage and transcripts exposing that Hope Medical Group, an abortion facility in Shreveport, Louisiana and the plaintiff in the current Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Russo, is doing abortions in defiance of the statewide ban.
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.