Fifth Circuit issues stay in fight over Texas' abortion prohibitions due to COVID-19

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March 31, 2020 - 1:35 pm

AUSTIN ( -- A temporary stay has been issued in the court fight over whether an executive order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott prohibiting unncessary medical procedures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic applies to abortions.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the ruling Tuesday afternoon. The stay temporarily sets aside a restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, which barred the state from pursuing charges against abortion providers under Abbott's executive order.

"I thank the court for their immediate and careful attention to the health and safety needs of Texans suffering from the spread of COVID-19. The temporary stay ordered this afternoon justly prioritizes supplies and personal protective equipment for the medical professionals in need," Paxton said. "The Governor’s Order temporarily halting unnecessary medical procedures, including abortion, applies to all health care facilities and professionals equally as Texans come together to combat this medical crisis."

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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