Attorney General Dave Yost orders Ohio abortion clinics to follow Health Order, close over COVID-19 pandemic

On Saturday, pro-life Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that two Ohio abortion facilities that were violating the Ohio Department of Health’s Order needed to cease operating immediately.  

According a Columbus Dispatch article, Attorney General Yost called on the facilities to close, citing their continuation of non-essential and elective surgical abortion procedures in opposition to the Health Order. 

“You and your facility are ordered to immediately stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions,” Yost said. “Non-essential surgical abortions are those that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient.”   

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Preterm in Cleveland operate several other abortion facilities that have not been complying with the Order to cease non-essential surgeries. 

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis sent a letter to Iris Harvey, President of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio calling on her to follow the State’s orders and donate unused medical supplies to hospitals which anticipate significant need. The letter states, in part: 

Nowhere in this order will you find an exemption for surgical abortions.  By performing surgical abortions, you company is putting the health and safety of all Ohioans in danger. As you should know COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in death and can be easily spread from person to person.  Your reckless actions are hurting our collective efforts to flatten the curve and defeat COVID-19.  

We are thankful to Attorney General Yost for protecting Ohio’s most vulnerable populations and holding abortion clinics accountable to the law.  

To read the Columbus Dispatch’s article, click here

To read the Attorney General’s order, click here.

To read the letter we sent yesterday, click here.