The Planned Parenthood abortion company has joined other abortion businesses in Texas in filing a lawsuit against pro-life Governor Greg Abbott over his order to stop all non-essential surgeries in order to conserve resources to combat the coronavirus.
As LifeNews reported, at least some Texas abortion businesses have closed temporarily or stopped doing abortions in response to an order from pro-life Governor Greg Abbott to halt all non-essential medical procedures to preserve medical resources to fight the coronavirus crisis. Other abortion centers are waiting to see what the legal options are in response and may be continuing to kill babies in abortions.
Abbott issued a new executive order prohibiting all non-essential medical procedures until the middle of April. The order says that, “beginning now and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”
Then, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton essentially closed down abortion businesses in the state and warned them that they are subject to a new executive order pro-life Governor Greg Abbott issued Sunday to end all non-essential surgical procedures. Since no abortions are essential, abortion centers essentially should close down.
“The truth is abortion, for the most part, is an elective procedure,” Paxton said.
Now, Planned Parenthood has filed its own lawsuit against the state to continue killing babies instead of conserving medical resources to fight the coronavirus:
“The Texas Attorney General’s enforcement threats are a blatant effort to exploit a public health crisis to advance an extreme, anti-abortion agenda, without any benefit to the state in terms of preventing or resolving shortages of (personal protective equipment) or hospital capacity,” the lawsuit reads.
Planned Parenthood attorneys also noted Mr. Paxton appeared to have extended the ban to “medication abortions,” which the clinic says involves no surgery and thus, “this appears to be the only oral medication targeted in this manner.”
In his letter, Mr. Paxton “warned all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities, including abortion providers that, pursuant to Executive Order GA 09 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, they must postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary.
“As a result of these threats,” Planned Parenthood’s lawyers wrote in their suit filed in federal district court Wednesday, “this week plaintiffs have already been forced to turn away patients in need of time-sensitive care.”
The president of Planned Parenthood claims people need to kill their babies in abortions today and can’t wait to end the lives of their unborn children.
“There are people in Texas who need an abortion today. Now,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, reported the Hill. “They cannot wait a delay of 30 days or even less.”
“Abortion, which is an essential, time-sensitive medical service cannot be delayed,” McGill Johnson said in a press statement. “A global pandemic is not some kind of opening to attack abortion. Gov. Abbott and anti-abortion activists nationwide are forcing a legal and political fight in the middle of a public health crisis.”
But medical groups representing 30,000 doctors say killing babies in abortions right now during the coronavirus is “medically irresponsible.”
“Continuing to perform elective abortions during a pandemic is medically irresponsible,” the pro-life medical groups said. “Elective abortion is neither “essential” nor “urgent,” but it does consume critical resources such as masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, and unnecessarily exposes patients and physicians to pathogens.”
The order applies to abortions and failure to comply with the executive order could mean fines of up to $1,000 or 180 days in jail.
Texas abortion centers have been shut down and will be until and unless an injunction is issued:
According to the Dallas Morning News, some abortion companies have stopped killing babies, at least temporarily:
Across Texas’ major cities, clinics were informing patients that abortion services were temporarily unavailable on Tuesday.
But, in Texas, many abortion providers had heeded Paxton’s warning by Tuesday afternoon. Still, there were a few signs of pushback: One Austin clinic was telling its patients it was planning to sue, and an abortion access fund said it would still help people obtain abortions.
Florian Trcalek, the medical receptionist at Austin Women’s Health Center, said the clinic was not performing abortions but was still booking future appointments in hopes of offering abortions while it fought the ruling in a court.
“We believe abortion is an essential service,” she said. “We’re hoping we can get a case open so that we can reopen in the time that they’re making a decision.”
Trcalek said she didn’t know when the clinic’s lawsuit would be filed but said the clinic hoped to offer abortions again by the end of next week.
Amy Hagstrom-Miller, the CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, said in a statement that “patients cannot wait until this pandemic is over to receive safe abortion care.” But a spokeswoman for Whole Woman’s Health, which operates clinics in Fort Worth, Austin and McAllen, said the private health care management company was adhering to Paxton’s order.
Texas Planned Parenthood clinics did not respond to requests for comment. Receptionists for other abortion clinics in San Antonio, Austin and Houston said they weren’t offering abortion services.
In Dallas, an automated voice machine for the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center said: “Our office is now closed down by the attorney general until further notice due to the coronavirus.”
Leading pro-life groups told LifeNews.com they’re glad Texas is moving forward with the abortion ban so it can focus on protecting Texans from the coronavirus.
“The vast majority of abortions are elective procedures and despite calls on the national, state, and local level for all elective procedures to be postponed, abortion clinics are conducting business as usual,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As hospitals struggle to provide care, find supplies to protect doctors, nurses, patients, and other hospital personnel, abortion clinics are endangering staff and patients in those same communities.”
Tobias said hospitals and other primary care facilities are rightly focused on this medical emergency and Texas is right to have called for all elective surgeries to be rescheduled in order to ensure care for those in immediate need and to free up vital resources to treat those impacted by COVID-19.
Although the situation is fluid, here are the latest reports from LifeNews.com on the status of abortion and orders to stop non-essential medical services:
States Attempting to Protect Babies From Abortion
Texas: Abortion centers are temporarily closed after Governor Greg Abbott’s order. But Texas abortion businesses have sued the state to reopen. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit as well to do abortions and ignore the order.
Louisiana: Abortion centers are included in the order to close and all three have closed.
States Not Protecting Babies From Abortion
New York: New York has issued an order to stop non-essential health services but is not applying it to abortion centers. New York Attorney General: Coronavirus Crisis is No Reason to Stop Killing Babies in Abortions
New Jersey: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Michigan: Governor Whitmer has stopped non-essential medical surgeries but allowed abortion clinics to keep killing babies.
North Carolina: Pro-life groups have called on the governor to stop abortions during the coronavirus crisis.
Washington: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
California: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded. But 11 Planned Parenthood abortion centers have voluntarily closed.
Pennsylvania: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Maine: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.
Massachusetts: Shut down non-essential health care but abortion centers are excluded.