OH latest legal fight over priority of abortion clinics

Friday, April 3, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeThe attorney general of Ohio is taking legal action against the country’s largest abortion provider after it scurried to court to demand keeping the abortions coming. 

Gov. Mike Dewine (R-Ohio) announced March 17 that the Ohio Department of Health issued an order declaring "elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio's hospitals be postponed in an effort to conserve protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders."

Days later, however, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett granted a temporary restraining order that allowed Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities to continue surgical abortions.

Soon after Barrett's ruling, Attorney General Dave Yost said he would be taking legal action.

"The state of Ohio's overriding interest is to save lives in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency," Yost told reporters. "That's the only reason for the Health Department's order."

Stephanie Krider of Ohio Right to Life says her organization is grateful for the leadership of the attorney general on this issue. Abortion providers, she adds, are only worried about themselves.

"They're just trying to turn a profit during a crisis when everybody is obviously going to take some sort of financial hit," Krider tells OneNewsNow. "Hospitals depend on surgery just as much as any other medical business to make money, but they have all done the right thing and ceased those surgeries in the name of protecting the health of Ohio's most vulnerable citizens, and abortion clinics apparently just don't care."

Many of the state’s abortion clinics have failed health and safety inspections, she adds, so another issue is whether those dirty clinics are taking extra safety precautions during the virus oubreak.

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