Rights advocates worry that crisis has become an excuse to trample freedoms

‘It’s absolutely terrifying’: government policies include detaining citizens, deporting immigrants and banning abortions

As the US continues its scrambling response to the coronavirus outbreak, it has closed borders, quarantined some neighborhoods, and shut down businesses in a number of the most populous states.

Behind the scenes, federal and state governments have also been pushing for a series of draconian measures to respond to the virus, which would disproportionately affect asylum seekers, people embroiled in the justice system and even those seeking an abortion.

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