(CNN)Mississippi, Ohio and Texas are including abortions among nonessential surgical procedures that must be deferred or canceled as coronavirus cases flood the health care system.State officials say the steps are necessary to preserve protective supplies that are becoming increasingly precious as the pandemic worsens. But abortion-rights groups have decried the actions, saying officials are exploiting a public health crisis to advance a political agenda.Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said during a news conference Tuesday that he would take action if the state’s single clinic was providing elective abortions after the state health department required that non-essential surgery be postponed.”We’re doing everything in our power and have for many years to make Mississippi the safest place in America for unborn children,” he said. “It is without question that the lone clinic in Jackson does, in fact, operate doing procedures that are elective and not required, and therefore they should be following the guidelines as offered by the state department of health.” Reeves later said that the order came “not because we’re trying to say anything other than we need to protect” personal protective equipment for those impacted by the virus.When CNN called Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in


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