Pastors and Pro-Lifers Arrested While Abortion Industry Remains Open to Spread the Virus

Leaders Call on President Trump to Intervene to Protect our Lives

Since the COVID 19 pandemic broke loose in the US, a total of thirty-one states have issued orders specifically directing health care facilities to cease performing non-essential medical procedures. Surgical abortions have been specifically ordered to stop in OH, TX, LA, MS, TN, KY, OK, IA, and IN. However, in dozens of states abortion facilities remain open.  State governments are refusing to stop the spread of COVID 19 by closing abortion centers but instead are unequally enforcing their orders against churches and anti-abortion advocates.

Here are some examples:

  • While Florida’s abortion industry remains open for business, Florida’s Hillsborough County Sheriff arrested Tampa Bay Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for conducting worship in violation of the public health social distancing rules.
  • While exempting the abortion industry from closure, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam orders Christians who worship with ten or more to face both $2,500 fines and a year in jail.
  • While abortion facilities remain open for business, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to close churches and synagogues “permanently” if they refuse to close their church during the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Four peaceful pro-life protestors practicing social distancing were arrested for praying outside an abortion facility while at least twenty women freely walked through the open doors to obtain the elective surgery of abortion.

“While pastors and pro-lifers are getting arrested, Planned Parenthood continues to get away with murder by violating governor’s orders in 31 states,” said Mark Harrington, President of Created Equal. “Unequal enforcement of these orders makes one wonder if the cure is now becoming worse than the disease. Despite hundreds of complaints, not a single abortion facility has been visited by law enforcement. Basic fairness requires that these governors and the federal government spend their resources responding to all violations of the law, not just some.”

“How dare they jail pastors and close the doors of the church while the abortion industry remains open to spread the virus and put our lives at risk,” said Faith2Action President Janet Porter, who is joined by more than one hundred national leaders and thirty thousand medical professionals in calling for the abortion industry to close to stop the spread of COVID-19 found at

While nine Governors have issued direct orders to close abortion businesses in their states, courts are preventing those orders from being carried out, with judges issuing Temporary Restraining Orders in both Texas and Ohio, making federal protection necessary. While Oklahoma and Iowa have ceased performing abortions in their states, their citizens remain at risk from neighboring states who have not.

Created Equal is an anti-abortion national organization based in Columbus, OH that focuses on training students and leading hundreds of public outreaches each year, taking a traveling abortion photo exhibit around the nation.

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