Abortion providers across country continue to operate instead of closing down to prevent coronavirus spread

By Mary Margaret Olohan

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton struck back at abortion providers for prioritizing abortion over Texans suffering from coronavirus.

The Texas attorney general spoke out in a Tuesday statement after a federal judge blocked Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that all non-essential medical procedures temporarily cease — including abortions. The order took effect immediately and will be in place at least until April 21.

“Abortion providers who refuse to follow state law are demonstrating a clear disregard for Texans suffering from this medical crisis,” Paxton said. “For years, abortion has been touted as a ‘choice’ by the same groups now attempting to claim that it is an essential procedure.”

He added: “All Texans must work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. My office will continue to defend Governor Abbott’s Order to ensure that supplies and personal protective gear reach the hardworking medical professionals who need it the most during this health crisis.”

Paxton also noted that he had filed for immediate appellate review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to enforce Abbott’s executive order postponing all unnecessary medical procedures in order to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE).

Following news of the abortion ban, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and The Lawyering Project filed an emergency lawsuit against the state.

The groups represent a larger coalition of Texas abortion providers including Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), Planned Parenthood Greater Texas (PPGT), Planned Parenthood South Texas (PPST), Whole Woman’s Health, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center and Austin Women’s Health Center.

“The priority of Planned Parenthood health centers is ensuring that every person can access essential health care while conserving needed resources,” said Planned Parenthood acting president and CEO Alexis McGill-Johnson in a statement. “Governor Abbott’s priority should be the same.”

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin ruled Monday that the order banning abortions due to the coronavirus “prevents Texas women from exercising what the Supreme Court has declared is their fundamental constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is viable,” Reuters reported.

But a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday to temporarily allow the state to enforce the abortion ban as part of the state’s efforts to fight coronavirus.

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5 thoughts on “Abortion providers across country continue to operate instead of closing down to prevent coronavirus spread

  1. Is the UVMMC still doing elective abortions while other elective procedures have been cancelled?

  2. It’s ironic that we’re risking the lives of first responders and spending millions attempting to save as many of coronavirus’ victims as possible, yet a women walks in to an abortion clinic and BINGO a life is taken in a matter of minutes at minimal expense while the former mother now unburdened of the dreadful responsibility of raising a child walks out smiling. SAD state of affairs.

  3. A Danby resident named Ogden (Taconic Green school chair), is quoted as saying; Gun stores are non-essential”, but I ask if planned parenthood abortion clinics are, as they are’ open for business, their Northern New England website states”.
    Times of crisis such as these with a deadly disease spreading tells me abortion clinics are definitely Non-Essential! They are more than likely spreading the virus, putting their employees at risk, plus those tons of stockpiled PPE’s could be used to save lives elsewhere!
    In fact, I could never find the answer to why abortion is essential at all, except in cases of the baby’s life is definitely in danger, as any other reason is selfish, plus I don’t know any mothers’ or fathers’ who wouldn’t sacrifice all” for their children, except sociopaths and narcissists.
    In my opinion”, these woman who abort, bond under the auspice of the pro choice club, so they can have that lifelong “psychological protection”, of knowing they have support with other selfish woman.
    During this Covid19 crisis, if one doesn’t adhere to strict guidelines of quarantine and protection, then dire consequences are the result, the same is true for not adhering to strict reproductive protection, which results in so called unwanted pregnancies.
    If God were to take a poll of 18 day old un-borns (Heart beat begins), to find their opinion on abortions, I’m sure it’s 100% to 0.

  4. Idiots ……………. it’s all about the money, they just don’t care !!

    Liberals ” soulless ” fools, with Federal Funding.

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