BREAKING: No Abortion Amid Coronavirus, Judge Rules.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled as part of coronavirus response that Texas can temporarily enforce a ban on abortions
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay on a ruling from a lower court that had blocked Texas from enforcing the ban. State officials argue the ban is intended to conserve medical supplies for health workers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.
But abortion rights advocates say states are using the pandemic as an excuse to block access. In a 2-1 opinion, the appeals court ruled that the order from the lower court be stayed until an appeal from Texas is considered.
The two judges who ruled in favor of a stay were nominated to their posts by President Trump and former President George W. Bush.
“The temporary stay ordered this afternoon justly prioritizes supplies and personal protective equipment for the medical professionals in need,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement Tuesday.
Circuit Court Judge James Dennis, a Clinton appointee, dissented, writing “a federal judge has already concluded that irreparable harm would flow from allowing the executive order to prohibit abortions during this critical time.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a directive earlier this month suspending nonessential medical procedures in an effort to conserve masks and gloves for health workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
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BREAKING: No Abortion Amid Coronavirus, Judge Rules
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