As most states halt nonessential surgeries to create capacity for a rush of COVID-19 patients, governors and other state officials across the U.S. have been deciding whether abortion care is an “essential” health-care service.
Abortion Bans Enacted
Lawmakers in the following twelve states have tried to ban abortion by classifying it as a non-essential procedure: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Legislators in Kentucky passed a bill to allow the Attorney General to block abortion access during COVID-19, but the Kentucky governor vetoed the bill.
Abortion Bans Lifted
Courts have blocked the bans in…