Quick-acting AG sought appeal after abortion ruling

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeTexas will be allowed to bar elective abortions – for now – following a quick court ruling.   

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the decision late yesterday after he got an immediate review from the 5th Circuit. That appeals court ruling came after a  federal district judge ruled the State of Texas could not prevent elective abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the order March 22, saying it was necessary to increase hospital capacity and ensure medical professionals have the materials they need to combat the virus. 

Abortion providers sued and U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in their favor saying Monday the U.S. Supreme Court has "spoken clearly" on the issue of a woman's legal right to abortion.

Responding to the abortion lawsuit, Laura Echevarria of National Right to Life says abortion providers are worried about one thing: themselves. One obvious example, she says, is patients crowding into the abortion clinic waiting room, since medical clinics are being careful about protecting patients from spreading the virus when they walk in.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people stay six feet apart from one another as a way to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

"Women in abortion clinics are being exposed to other people in the facility, and they are being exposed to medical procedures that are invasive and are not essential," insists Echevarria. "What our state affiliates are working to point out across the nation is that abortion is not essential health care, and it is not a surgical procedure that needs to be done, and killing a baby - taking the life of an unborn child - is not an essential surgical procedure."

One abortion provider in Texas, Whole Woman's Health, said it canceled more than 150 appointments in the days after the Texas order went into effect.

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