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Abortion supporters lashed out after Ohio ordered abortion providers to shut down in light of the coronavirus.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Friday sent letters to the Women’s Med Center in Dayton, Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s Cincinnati Surgery Center ordering the abortion clinics to stop providing any services that require personal protective equipment, Ohio Attorney General spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle told CBS News Saturday.

The order applies to all nonsurgical procedures that use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), McCorkle told the Daily Caller News Foundation, adding that another letter was issued to an Ohio urology group Saturday.

PPE can include respirators, eye protection, hearing protection, protective clothing, gas masks, gloves, overalls, boots, and googles, according to the CDC.

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

Yost’s letter added that if the facility did not “immediately stop performing non-essential or elective surgical abortions in compliance with the [health director’s] order,” the Department of Health would take appropriate measures.

Yost agrees with Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton that “we can’t allow the politics of things to get in the way of what we need to do in a state of emergency,” McCorkle told the DCNF.

Abortion supporters responded to the news with anger.

Renee Bracey Sherman, an abortion writer who calls herself the “Queen of All Abortions,” tweeted:

“Make no mistake: this isn’t about public health,” tweeted writer Lauren Rankin. “This is a despicable use of a global pandemic to end legal abortion in the state. Abortion is essential care––period.”

National Abortion Rights Action League president Ilyse Hogue wrote in a tweet:


The Huffington Post captioned the publication’s coverage of the news with the tweet:  access.”