(AL.com) – The only three clinics in Alabama that provide abortion care are considered essential businesses according to the Alabama Department of Public Health and will remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, despite efforts in other states to ban abortion procedures. Attorneys General in Texas and Ohio have ordered clinics in their states to halt abortions amid the COVID-19 crisis; identifying them as “not immediately medically necessary.”

“No one is exempt from the governor’s executive order on medically unnecessary surgeries and procedures, including abortion providers,” Texas AG Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Those who violate the governor’s order will be met with the full force of the law.”

In Alabama, however, the statewide public health order does not require the full closure of any business, according to Arrol Sheehan, director of public information at the Alabama Department of Public Health. “Even in Jefferson County, where ‘non-essential’ businesses have been ordered closed, clinics in general are still open as essential,” Sheehan said. READ MORE

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