« We’re doing everything in our power and have for many years to make Mississippi the safest place in America for unborn children, » he said. « It is without question that the lone clinic in Jackson does, in fact, operate doing procedures that are elective and not required, and therefore they should be following the guidelines as offered by the state department of health. »
Reeves later said that the order came « not because we’re trying to say anything other than we need to protect » personal protective equipment for those impacted by the virus.
Violating the order, Paxton noted, could result in fines of up to $1,000 or 180 days imprisonment.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, which runs three clinics in Texas, slammed the order for, in light of state abortion restrictions, « forc(ing) people to delay much needed care and possibly exacerbate their health situations by doing so. Patients cannot wait until this pandemic is over to receive safe abortion care. »
The group canceled appointments yesterday and is « currently exploring all options at this point, » Jessica Shein, the group’s communications director, told CNN Wednesday.
And in Ohio, Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Fulkerson sent letters to three abortion providers last week directing them comply with the state health director’s executive order halting non-essential procedures. A similar warning letter was also sent to an Ohio urologist.
Bethany McCorkle, communications director for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, said in a statement that they sent the letters after the state health department received complaints about the facilities.
« This is not an abortion issue, » she said, highlighting the letter sent to the urologist.
But two of the clinics — Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati and Preterm clinic in Cleveland — disagreed, asserting that they would comply with the order but continue to provide abortions.
Women’s Med Center in Dayton, the third clinic, did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
At least 25 states have opted to heed a federal recommendation to delay elective surgical procedures, citing efforts to prevent unnecessary exposure and preserve protective resources.
This story has been updated to include Mississippi’s actions.