Texas abortions resume after governor’s order linked to coronavirus effectively bans them

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A new executive order from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott eases the limits put in place last month. It allows elective medical procedures to resume if a healthcare facility agrees to “reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for the treatment of COVID-19 patients” and “not to request personal protective equipment from a public source throughout the duration of the pandemic ”.

Both points must be certified in writing to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) under the new order, which went into effect Wednesday.

Abbott at the end of March ordered all procedures that was not medically necessary to be postponed, and the Texas Attorney General clarified that the rule included abortions that were “not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld the original order and ruled it included abortion. The abortion providers have requested an injunction.

When the second decree went into effect, abortion providers said they met its criteria, and the attorney general’s office did not dispute that in a court filing on Wednesday.

“All of the plaintiff’s abortion clinics have submitted certifications, and HHSC has acknowledged receipt of those certifications,” the state wrote, adding that the providers had “no legal basis” for an injunction because it did not. there is more problem.

The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on Wednesday evening.

“Finally, women in Texas can benefit from the urgent abortion care guaranteed to them by the Constitution. Women should never have had to go to court for essential health care,” Nancy Northup, president. executive director of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents some of the providers, said in a statement.

“We will be vigilant to ensure that there are no future service disruptions, including assessing the appropriate next steps to be taken in the matter,” the statement said.

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