Skip to comments.Louisiana Governor is Shutting Down Abortion Clinics Disobeying Order to Stop Non-Essential Abortions
Posted on 04/09/2020 2:08:55 PM PDT by Morgana
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards answered pleas Thursday to close abortion facilities that still may be operating in violation of his emergency order restricting non-essential medical procedures.
The News Star reports the pro-life Democrat governor and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that they are working to ensure the abortion facilities in Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans are complying during the health crisis.
[The Louisiana Department of Health] and Interim Secretary Stephen Russo have requested our assistance with enforcing their important public health orders, such as those requiring the suspension of elective, non-emergency medical procedures, Landry said Thursday.
He said any failure to comply puts patients and staff at risk. Landry said entities that refuse to follow the order also are keeping much-needed medical supplies from medical professionals who are working hard to save lives from the coronavirus.
My COVID-19 Task Force is ready for action and currently receiving referrals from LDH on possible violations. We are happy to be doing our part to protect the health and safety of all Louisianans by freeing up essential LDH resources and employees that are indispensable on the front-lines of this fight, he said.
According to Louisiana Right to Life, eyewitnesses saw state officials go into the abortion facilities in Baton Rouge and Shreveport on Thursday. Landrys office later confirmed that they were there.
Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said abortion facilities must comply with the same rules that non-essential medical facilities are following during the crisis.
There should be no abortion loopholes to the health and safety regulations needed to fight COVID-19, Clapper said. These abortion facilities are endangering us all and placing their profits over public health. We are grateful to the attorney generals office for taking necessary steps to investigate these violations of emergency rules.
On March 22, Edwards issued an executive order temporarily restricting all medical and surgical procedures unless they are to treat an emergency medical condition. It also closed all non-essential businesses, restricted travel and prohibited large gatherings.
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Initially, it appeared that all three abortion facilities in the state were complying with the order. However, pro-life advocates later learned that at least one still was aborting unborn babies in elective abortions: Hope Medical Clinic in Shreveport. The abortion facility is the same entity challenging a state health regulation to protect patients with emergency complications at the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Thursday, Louisiana Right to Life said the abortion facility in New Orleans appears to be open again, too.
Barley a week after Edwards order, the pro-life group Live Action released footage and transcripts exposing that Hope Medical Group is doing abortions in defiance of the coronavirus health restrictions.
In two recorded phone calls on March 26, Hope Medical Group employees told Live Action investigators that they are open, saying, Currently we are the only facility that I know anywhere nearby thats open and operating, and well stay open and operating as long as possible.
Earlier this week, John Milkovich, a pro-life Democrat who served in the Louisiana Senate through 2019, sent an open letter to the governor and Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, urging them to take action and force the abortion facilities to comply.
With the abortions shut down or slowed down in Texas and Mississippi, many people are coming to Louisiana for us to do their abortions, Milkovich said. Hope Medical facility apparently believes it is above the law; that it can rewrite the definition of essential activity to include the termination of pregnancies; and that no one in Louisiana can or will stop them from aborting babies in the midst of a public health crisis
He told One News Now that he believes its greed that is motivating abortion facilities to stay open and waste precious medical supplies that are needed elsewhere.
Shreveports abortion facility should have been shut down two weeks ago when the governor forbade non-essential activity and the congregation of 10 or more persons, Milkovich wrote.
He pointed out that the governor and mayor have a legal right to do so based on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upholding a similar restriction by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. All abortion facilities in Texas currently are closed, and Louisiana is in the Fifth Circuit jurisdiction.
In the on-going health crisis, a number of pro-life governors have included elective abortions in their restrictions on non-essential health care. Some have been blocked by court orders after abortion facilities filed lawsuits. Abortion businesses in Ohio also have been refusing to comply with an order from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost to stop killing babies in abortions.
BTTT for Gov John Bel Edwards
Good that is one reason I did not mind seeing him get reelected. He needs to join the GOP.
Headline was a little unclear - at first read, I thought the guv’na was disobeying the order...
It is important to note there are a few legitimate circumstances. My wife had been feeling crampy with pain that was growing day by day until it was just at the point clearly she needed to see a doctor. We found out she was pregnant, but it was an ectopic pregnancy. (Where the fetus implants up in the fallopian tube not the uterus) The doctor made it very clear in this circumstance the fetus never survives and it is frequently fatal to the mother as well. While it was a tough decision, it was also a clear decision.
Was 30 years ago and I still think about what if it had been a normal pregnancy. They young adult we’d have now. What if modern medicine wasn’t available and my wife had died. Where would I be now? God has a plan. I don’t understand. Maybe the experience was to make us appreciate the 4x more children we do have. None the less, I still think about that child wishing circumstances had been different.
Really and truly a Pro-Life democrat?
Or SWAMP thing lingo???
It is an election year, after all
Not for governor in LA. JBE was re-elected last year. I didn’t vote for him and for a long time didn’t buy his pro-life talk, but he seems to be for real.
Well, if he’s for real, recruit him
If he won’t come willingly, conscript him (hahaha)
It’s why Christ said...”the righteous have no need of a physician, only the sick!” God likes doctors! He doesn’t like quackery.
God is not the author of confusion and you proved that by noting the “clarity” in the decision making. God bless you and your wife!
What’s happened is that the clinics NEVER shut down after his 3/16 order. And he KNEW they were open and got caught.
Liberals believe the only absolute right is for a woman to kill her unborn.
There is no such thing as an essential abortion.
Louisiana Governor is Shutting Down Abortion Clinics Disobeying Order to Stop Non-Essential Abortions
That does not read right...is it just me?
Makes me wonder what an ESSENTIAL one is...
Danger to life of 'mother'???
Run a get CAT bulldozers through them just to make sure they stay shut down.
My thoughts exactly! :-)
I do wish there were a law requiring that. Or better still, a law against murdering our unborn.
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