Court Upholds Texas Ban on Abortions During Coronavirus Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Texas can ban most abortions while the state is under a coronavirus pandemic-related emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned last week's lower court ruling against the ban, and the new ruling means the ban can be maintained pending further legal arguments, the Associated Press reported.

Last month, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered hospitals to cancel "non-essential" surgeries to ensure adequate hospital space and supplies to fight the coronavirus.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the order banned any abortions except for those necessary to protect the health and safety of the mother. The ban was challenged in court by Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups, the AP reported.

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