Last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee ordered all medical facilities to stop any non-essential medical care in order to save supplies to fight the Wuhan flu.

“The executive order was certainly crafted in order to provide [personal protective equipment] for health care” professionals, he said, specifying this edict applies to abortion, too.

“[Abortion] would be like any other non-essential procedure,” he said. “It would be treated the same, and my expectation and belief and certainly my expectation is that no non-essential procedures would be performed in the state during the crisis and during this time we need all of those supplies to be used on the frontlines of protecting citizens.”

Lee spokesman Gillum Ferguson elaborated on Gov. Lee’s statement.

“Gov. Lee believes elective abortions aren’t essential procedures, and given the state of [personal protective equipment] in Tennessee and across the country, his hope and expectation would be that those procedures not take place during this crisis.” State Attorney General Herbet Slatery was said to be “ready to defend the actions of the executive branch in enforcing Executive Order 18.”

Nice.  It shouldn’t have to be said that abortion is not “life-dependent” but here we are.  And I’m glad to see that other governors are doing the same thing. LifeNews.com reported on other states’ position on the subject of abortion during the global pandemic:

Texas: Abortion centers are temporarily closed after Governor Greg Abbott’s order. But Texas abortion businesses have sued the state to reopen.

Maryland: Abortion centers are included in the abortion order to close but whether they have officially closed is unknown.

Louisiana: Abortion centers are included in the order to close and all three have closed.

Ohio: Abortion centers are included in the order to close but they are refusing to close.

Mississippi: Abortion centers are included in the order and the state’s sole abortion business has closed.

Tennessee: Tennessee Governor Orders Abortion Businesses to Close, Killing Babies is Not “Essential” Medical Care

New Mexico: New Mexico Shuts Down Non-Essential Health Care, But Allows Abortion Clinics to Keep Killing Babies

New Jersey: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

Washington: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

California: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

Pennsylvania: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

Maine: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Shuts Down Pregnancy Center Over Coronavirus, Lets Abortion Clinics Stay Open

Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.

 

Hat Tip: LifeNews

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