NYC Mayor: Churches Holding Services May Be “Permanently” Closed, Abortion Clinics Can Stay Open

State   Micaiah Bilger   Mar 30, 2020   |   2:27PM    New York, NY

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to close churches and synagogues “permanently” if they refuse to stop services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Democrat mayor’s comments Friday sparked wide-spread outrage, and lawsuits are a near certainty if he follows through with the threat.

New York City is one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus. On Friday, de Blasio held a press conference about their on-going efforts to treat those infected and prevent further spread. The measures include a city-wide stay-at-home order, closure of non-essential businesses and a ban on large gatherings, including religious services.

“The NYPD, fire department, buildings department — everyone has been instructed that if they see worship services going on, they will go to the officials of that congregation, they’ll inform them they need to stop the services and disperse,” de Blasio said. “If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.”

Though de Blasio said he does not take joy in proposing such extreme measures, people need to take the health crisis “seriously.”

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“You’ve been warned, you need to stop services,” the mayor said.

According to Fox News Wilmington, de Blasio criticized several churches and synagogues that are still holding services.

“I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” he said.

Outrage at his remarks spread quickly across social media and conservative news outlets.

Red State writer “Bonchie” said the mayor does not have the legal authority to shut down worship services permanently.

“They can make requests and set guidelines, but it’s a gross violation of the Constitution to shut down the use of private property for religious services,” he wrote. “There are some things that are more important than short term measures to fight a health crisis and religious freedom is one of those things.”

Most houses of worship have closed voluntarily and moved to online services and other distancing outreach.

Many states also are ordering non-essential medical care to be postponed, but pro-abortion Democrat leaders have been carving out exceptions for abortions. New York is still allowing non-essential, elective abortions to continue unhindered during the global health crisis. 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.”

A Louisiana church recently refused to close as long as the government allows abortion facilities to remain open and continue to abort unborn babies.

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. The health department is now investigating those violations.

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

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Gov Orders Abortion Businesses to Close, Killing Babies is Not “Essential” Medical Care

Kentucky: Attorney General Asks Health Department to Shut Down Abortion Clinics to Combat Coronavirus

Iowa: Governor Kim Reynolds Bans Killing Babies in Abortions to Save Medical Resources to Fight Coronavirus

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. NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio has threatened to permanently close churches while letting abortion centers stay open.

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