If abortion is health care, as the abortion industry claims, this is an opportunity for them to act like it and comply with the governor's order.
Orders by the governors of Texas and OH to stop all non-essential surgeries in those states have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.
OH now has 351 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Monday.
At a press conference Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence urged people to cancel elective medical procedures, even visits to the dentist, in order to preserve medical equipment among fears of national shortages.
Pro-choice advocates hit out at the state's attempt to include abortions in the nonessential surgery category.
At the Saturday state news briefing, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said, "We can not allow the politics of things to get in the way of what we need to do in a state emergency".
Reproductive rights groups, however, have condemned the order, branding it a brazen bid to "roll back access to abortion care".
Gov. Mike DeWine, also a Republican, signed a law past year passed by the state's GOP-controlled legislature that prohibited abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat was detected - about six weeks into a pregnancy and just about two weeks after a missed menstrual cycle.
I, Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the state of Texas, do hereby order that, beginning now and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient's physician.
"You and your facility are ordered to immediately stop performing non-essential and elective surgical abortions".
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region said in a statement that it was already complying with directives to limit the use of PPE and would continue to perform abortions.
"A letter was also sent to a urology group that was allegedly performing elective surgeries", she said, adding that if the state's health department determines the order was "violated by any surgical facility in Ohio, they can refer it to our office to pursue legal action on behalf of the Ohio Department of Health".
"Pregnancy and abortion care are time-sensitive and can not be significantly delayed without profound consequences on patient health and well-being", the NARAL president said. Some hospitals in the USA have already reported re-using surgical masks amid shortages.
It is unclear if all practicing clinics received the letter, with The Washington Post reporting that "several facilities" which the attorney general's office said it had received complaints about, had been ordered to stop "non-essential" abortion care.
OH leaders, and in particular its governor, have been lauded over its aggressive steps to combat coronavirus, including schools and a host of businesses including bars, restaurants, nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors.