The governor of Mississippi has demanded abortion procedures cease during the coronavirus crisis.
During a recent press conference, Republican Governor Tate Reeves turned to the issue of abortion. He emphasized the procedure is elective, making it subject to the restrictions put in place to preserve medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Mississippi only has one abortion provider in the entire state. The facility is run by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization and is colloquially known as ‘The Pink House’ because of its color.
The governor claimed to be unaware of whether abortions were still being carried out at The Pink House during the pandemic. However, he has said he would be willing to consider all measures available to the state to stop the facility from flouting emergency restrictions.