Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio says it will not comply with the state attorney general's order "to immediately stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions" in an effort to preserve personal protective equipment for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Although the abortion clinic claimed it was complying with the order, it also said it could still proceed with providing essential procedures, including abortions.
Three days after the Ohio Department of Health issued its order to postpone "all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent a letter to three separate abortion providers within the state, calling for immediate action.
"If you or your facility do not immediately stop performing non-essential or elective surgical abortions in compliance with the attached order, the Department of Health will take all appropriate measures," the letter read.
One of the abortion providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, announced it would comply with the order and delay all such procedures during the pandemic.