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Updated March 31, 8:30 a.m. PST.
Governors and other state officials across the United States are deciding whether abortion care is an “essential” health-care service, as many states halt nonessential surgeries to create capacity for the expected crush of COVID-19 patients.
Declaring a medical procedure as “nonessential” would mean postponement for those seeking care. In a March 18 joint statement, medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, urged state officials not to group abortion…