5th Circuit Halts Elective Abortions in TX Pending Appeal as Lawmakers Fight COVID-19

March 30, 2020
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Pro-life Leaders Urge Public Officials to Protect Vulnerable Lives Put at Risk by the Abortion Industry’s Radical Agenda

Washington, D.C.  – Today the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed temporary enforcement of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order stopping elective procedures, including abortions, pending appeal. The order is part of the state’s efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates have filed similar lawsuits in four other states, and Planned Parenthood reportedly has kept its doors open in Ohio despite a directive from Governor Mike DeWine and the urgings of national, state, and local government officials to suspend all elective surgical procedures at this time.

In response, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that the Court recognized the urgency and necessity of Governor Abbott’s order. All elective surgeries and procedures, including abortions, must cease during this national crisis,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “At a time when millions of Americans are making heroic sacrifices to protect the vulnerable, and legitimate health care workers risk their own lives to care for COVID-19 patients with crucial protective equipment in short supply, the abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood demands special treatment and diverts scarce resources. We thank Governor Abbott, Attorney General Paxton, and the governors of a growing number of states for their strong leadership. We believe the abortion lobby should drop their lawsuits in every state where they are attempting to block similar measures. Abortion is not health care and their obstinacy is worse than a waste of time – it puts the life and health of countless Americans in jeopardy.”

Last week the leaders of more than 50 national and state-based pro-life groups sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar calling on all public health officials to oppose the promotion of abortion amidst our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.



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