Texas governor prohibits abortions, other medically unnecessary procedures during pandemic

by Laura Mize · Mar 25th, 2020 9:55 am

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a warning Monday to the state's health care facilities and providers not to conduct any procedures that are not "immediately medically necessary" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Paxton's warning reinforces an executive order to the same effect by Gov. Greg Abbott. A news release on the Attorney General's official website mentioned abortion providers specifically.

Violating the order is punishable with up to 180 days in jail.

"Postponing surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary will ensure that hospital beds are available for those suffering from COVID-19 and that PPEs are available for health care professionals," Paxton's warning read.

🔦 Ohio's attorney general also had to issue a specific warning to two Planned Parenthood entities in his state after abortions continued at those locations despite the Ohio governor's order to stop all unnecessary medical procedures.


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