Judge allows elective abortions during COVID-19 threat, Texas appeals

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he will appeal a lower court’s decision to allow elective abortions to be committed despite the public health risk and high demand for scarce personal protective equipment. 

Earlier today, Judge Lee Yeakel granted a temporary restraining order to stop Texas from enforcing an executive order issued last week prohibiting all elective surgeries and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, including elective abortion.  While Paxton stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the decision, Yeakel has shown his cards time and time again, ruling against Pro-Life legislation and safety regulations in favor of the abortion industry.  Yeakel wrote:

Plaintiffs’ patients will suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a temporary restraining order.  The attorney general’s interpretation of the Executive Order prevents Texas women from exercising what the Supreme Court has declared is their fundamental constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is viable.  It is well established that, upon a plaintiff’s demonstrating a constitutional violation, no further irreparable injury is necessary. 

Neither Yeakel’s ruling nor abortionists’ callousness toward the coronavirus outbreak is surprising.  The abortion industry has never seen a safety regulation or common-sense health policy they did not believe they should be exempt from, and Yeakel nearly always gives them a free pass.  While Texas abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood argue they do not need personal protective equipment during the pandemic, their affiliates in other states posted pleas for supplies the same day this lawsuit was filed.

The lawsuit plainly shows the greediness of abortion businesses.  While health care professionals work overtime to save lives from COVID-19, abortionists consume and hoard medical supplies that are desperately needed in hospitals… not to mention increasing the death count with the abortions themselves. 

Texas Right to Life applauds Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton’s commitment to protecting all Texans.  Abortions could begin again in Texas immediately unless the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules against the temporary restraining order. 

Text PROLIFE to 313131 for updates in this developing story. 

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