By winning for Planned Parenthood, the United States Supreme Court is erasing case law supporting the Texas pandemic abortion ban.
AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – The United States Supreme Court on Monday overturned lower court rulings that upheld the ban on most abortions in Texas at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The High Court overturned two U.S. 5th Circuit Lower Court of Appeals rulings that sided with Texas GOP officials arguing that Gov. Greg Abbott’s March 2020 executive order banned abortion in all the circumstances, except in a few limited circumstances, in an effort to preserve medical resources for COVID-19 patients. Abortion providers said the procedure rarely takes time in the hospital and usually does not involve full personal protective equipment.
The executive order ended over the summer, allowing abortions to resume in the state, but Planned Parenthood said leaving lower court rulings on the books would set a damaging legal precedent for human rights advocates. abortion.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Lawyering Project called Abbott’s order a “transparent attempt to reduce access to reproductive health care by exploiting a public health crisis,” and said that it was “important that we take this procedure.” step to ensure that bad case law has been erased from the books, ”according to an NBC News report.
After Abbott suspended all elective medical and surgical procedures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve medical equipment, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the order should include a ban on most abortions, triggering a barrage of conflicting court rulings that created confusion for clinics and women seeking to terminate their pregnancies.
Many Texans left the state to have abortions during this time, a new study discovered earlier this year.
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