Planned Parenthood is Linking other abortion providers in suing Texas over moving to Prohibit abortions Throughout the coronavirus outbreak
AUSTIN, Texas —
Planned Parenthood combined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to prohibit abortions throughout the coronavirus outbreak, accusing Republican leaders of exploiting the pandemic to deliver on politics.
The federal lawsuit filed in Austin, Texas, is one of the very high-profile challenges to a government response to the coronavirus pandemic. The chief executive of Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion provider with three practices in Texas, said they canceled 150 appointments this week after Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday issued an order that stopped nonessential surgeries to be able to free up medical supplies to combat COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
This was followed closely by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, stating the order prohibited”any sort of abortion that isn’t medically necessary to preserve the life or health of their mother.”
The order in Texas is in effect until at least April 21.
“Abortion is essential healthcare, and it is a time-sensitive service,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health.
Paxton’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.
The issue over abortion throughout the pandemic also has flared in Ohio, where abortion clinics received letters Friday from Republican Attorney General Dave Yost ordering them to stop all “non-essential” surgical abortions. Yost wrote the processes violate a March 17 order issued by the state health director.
However, representatives of Ohio clinics stated they were in compliance with the health director’s order and intended to keep on providing abortions.