Judge stops Texas from banning abortions during coronavirus crisis

Judge stops Texas from banning abortions during coronavirus crisis

Abortion providers across OH on Monday asked a federal court to block state officials from curbing abortions as part of an order canceling "non-essential" surgeries and procedures during the coronavirus crisis.

Cameron said abortion providers "should join the thousands of other medical professionals across the state in ceasing elective procedures, unless the life of the mother is at risk, to protect the health of their patients and slow the spread of the coronavirus". If the abortion is deemed necessary and can't be delayed, it's declared legally essential.

Barrett of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Western Division issued the temporary restraining order Monday.

The judge ordered that abortion providers must determine on a case-by-case basis if a surgical procedure can be safely postponed to save resources. "There can be no outright ban on such a procedure", Yeakel said in his ruling. Paxton said the state would appeal.

The lawsuits were filed by Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and local lawyers in each state.

The abortion clash in OH began after the state's health department on March 17 ordered elective and non-essential surgeries canceled to preserve hospital resources and protective equipment as part of its coronavirus response.

In order to preserve personal protective equipment for potential increases in cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, states have suspended non-essential surgeries.

"As the governor has said over and over, Iowans are in this together", Garrett added.

The Texas attorney general is set to appeal the federal court judge's ruling, according to U.S. media. "They still need birth control, STI testing and treatment, and access to safe and legal abortion".

Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the ban on abortion services was part of Governor Greg Abbott's executive order "to expand hospital bed capacity as the state responds to the COVID-19 virus".

The issue over abortion during the pandemic also has also flared during the pandemic also has flared in OH, where abortion clinics received letters Friday from Republican Attorney General Dave Yost ordering them to cease all "non-essential" surgical abortions.

In Ohio, Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics that sued past year to try to thwart a law that bans most abortions after a first detectable fetal heartbeat are asking a court to speed up its decision in that case and to consider a recent coronavirus order by the state health director.

Reynolds said Sunday the move was not based on her personal ideology but a broad order to halt nonessential procedures to conserve medical equipment.

According to Planned Parenthood office in Roanoke, Virginia, the abortion giant will continue to perform abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming abortion is an "essential" medical service. The lawsuit also says that when appropriate, patients are referred for medication abortions, which don't require PPE at all. "It just forces people to stay pregnant and have children against their will".

The federal lawsuit filed in Austin, Texas, is among the most high-profile challenges to a government response to the coronavirus pandemic. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. AP Writers Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City; Kimberly Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama; Julie Smyth in Columbus, Ohio contributed to this story.

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