...Texas ordered a halt on surgical abortion procedures Monday because of the growing coronavirus epidemic, two days after officials in Ohio issued a similar order.
...Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office said in a statement that abortion providers were among the licensed health care professionals and facilities that would have to cease procedures deemed "not immediately medically necessary" following an executive order issued Saturday by Gov. Greg Abbott.
...Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak Planned Parenthood, which operates some of the state's abortion-providing health clinics, said in a statement that they are still reviewing the Texas order.
..."The priority of all Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas is the health and safety of our patients and staff, and ensuring that Texans can access essential health care, including abortion," the statement said.
...The latter clinic, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, said in a statement that it could comply with the original state department of health order regarding personal protective equipment while still "providing essential procedures, including surgical abortions."
...Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland accused officials of "exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to further their agenda to close Ohio's abortion clinics."
..."Abortion care is a time-sensitive medical situation that cannot be significantly delayed without profound consequences," she said, adding: "Ohio's elected officials should not stand between patients and their doctors."
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