In the face of uncertainty and increased public health measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, Texans can celebrate an exceptional piece of good news this week: All Texas abortion facilities ceased performing surgical abortions because of a recent executive order prohibiting all elective medical procedures in the state.
On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement clarifying that “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother” is considered a prohibited elective procedure under Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order. Abortionists who fail to comply with the order can face penalties of up to 180 days in jail or fines up to $1,000 so that Texas may conserve personal protective equipment during the outbreak.
According to a survey of abortion mills conducted by Texas Right to Life on March 25, 23 of Texas’s 24 abortion mills have entirely ceased committing abortions, and seven of those clinics have temporarily closed their doors completely. One facility is continuing to offer chemical abortions until the preborn child is 10 weeks old. Texas Right to Life has reported this clinic to the Office of the Attorney General.
According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, there were 4,324 abortions committed in the same amount of time in 2017. Depending on how the order is enforced, the executive order could save at least 2,868 babies. In fact, over 400 preborn children may have been saved in the past three days alone. Even as abortion clinics close, Pro-Life pregnancy centers across the state are reporting a dramatic increase in the number of women they serve.
Of course, the abortion industry is fighting back. Fourteen abortion clinics have filed suit against the governor, attorney general, and numerous other government officials to temporarily block the executive order. The lawsuit proves that abortionists would rather protect their profit margin than do their part to conserve life-saving supplies for coronavirus patients and their caregivers.
In the midst of this unprecedented period of confusion and darkness, Texas Right to Life thanks God that the lives of innocent preborn children are being spared while we pray for an end to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
We thank Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton for ensuring that crucial medical supplies are reserved for those working tirelessly to save lives and care for the Texans who are ill with coronavirus, rather than being used to aid in the industry of death.
Please pray that God will use this temporary reprieve from the mass killing of our most vulnerable members to demonstrate to all Texans that our mothers and babies deserve far better than abortion and that Texas does not need abortion.
Texas Right to Life will post updates as the abortion industry’s lawsuit progresses.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20