(TargetLiberty.org) – As COVID-19 spreads across the US, medical supplies are becoming scarce. Doctors, nurses and first responders need essential equipment to save lives. To help ease the strain on the supply chain, many states have halted elective procedures — which is exactly what Texas did mid-March. Attorney General Ken Paxton banned abortions in the state, and now a court has ruled that ban can stay in place for the time being.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary restraining order after a lower court ruled the ban unconstitutional. The appeals court ruled abortions that were not “medically necessary to preserve the life or health” of the woman are not allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Paxton celebrated the victory on Twitter.
UPDATE: Victory at 5th Circuit – Abortion ruling stayed! https://t.co/vmpyXsje0B
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) March 31, 2020
Abortion activists claim the ruling is a violation of a woman’s rights. Texas isn’t banning all pregnancy terminations, they’re just stopping the ones that aren’t medically necessary.
As of April 2, more than 215,000 people in the US have tested positive for the coronavirus, and over 5,100 of them have died. Patients who are struggling to survive deserve to have medical professionals with adequate supplies treating them. Hospitals need all the gloves, masks, and medications they can get to save lives right now. Paxton and the 5th Circuit recognize that, even if abortion activists don’t.
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