WATCH: Police Offer Tells Pro-Lifers They Can’t Pray Outside Planned Parenthood Abortion Center

State   Steven Ertelt   Mar 27, 2020   |   1:05PM    Columbus, Ohio

Although the coronavirus has caused large-scale pro-life gatherings to stop for the time being, pro-life advocates are still praying and helping women outside of abortion centers. They are doing so in part because abortion businesses continue to kill babies — sometimes in defiance of orders to stop doing abortions to conservative medical resources to fight the virus.

Yesterday, as pro-life advocates helped women at the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Columbus, Ohio — one of the abortion businesses operating outside a state mandate to stop non-essential medical procedures, a police offer told the pro-life people they were not allowed to pray outside the abortion facility.

“Today, as our outreach team arrived at the Columbus, OH Planned Parenthood surgical abortion center, a police officer told us that if we displayed our signs and talked to the men and women going inside the center we would be in violation of the order which was issued by Governor Mike DeWine earlier this week,” Mark Harrington of the pro-life organization Created Equal, told LifeNews.com.

“As the video demonstrates, the officer had been given orders by the Columbus Police Department Legal Counsel to cite anyone for being on the sidewalk. Within a few minutes, he returned, admitted that he was wrong, and said we could stay to counsel the women seeking abortions. However, we were told we still could not have more than 10 people on the sidewalk with us and we had to maintain proper social distancing,” he said.

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“Despite orders to cease performing surgical abortions, in most states Planned Parenthood is defying these orders, maintaining abortions are essential service,” Harrington said. “At the same time when pro-life speech is not being considered essential, Planned Parenthood is violating the orders of several governors to cease non-essential service (i.e. – surgical abortions). Unfortunately, what happened to us in Columbus is happening across America. As long as Planned Parenthood is killing babies, we will work save them.”

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.

Maryland: Abortion centers are included in the abortion order to stop non-essential procedures but they have been caught violating the order.

Louisiana: Abortion centers are included in the order to close and all three closed initially but at least one abortion center has been caught doing abortions.

Ohio: Abortion centers are included in the order to close but they are refusing to close.

Mississippi: Abortion centers are included in the order and the state’s sole abortion business has closed.

Tennessee: Tennessee Governor Wants Abortion Businesses to Close, Killing Babies is Not “Essential” Medical Care

States Not Protecting Babies From Abortion

Virginia: Christians Could be Jailed for 1 Year for Attending Church, But Abortion Clinics Can Keep Killing Babies

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

Alabama: Alabama Shuts Down Non-Essential Health Care, Allows Abortion Clinics to Keep Killing Babies

Minnesota: Minnesota Issues Shelter at Home Order But People Can Still Go Kill Their Babies in Abortions

New Mexico: New Mexico Shuts Down Non-Essential Health Care, But Allows Abortion Clinics to Keep Killing Babies

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.

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Shuts Down Pregnancy Center Over Coronavirus, Lets Abortion Clinics Stay Open

Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

International

Canada Has Banned Every Other Elective Surgery, But People Can Still Kill Babies in Abortions