Texas Gov. Abbott Halts Abortions in COVID-19 Order; Says AG Paxton

Thanks to an Executive Order issued by Governor Greg Abbott that halts all elective surgeries in the state of Texas during the COVID-19 Crisis, abortion procedures will also be stopped in Texas.

An elective, non-urgent surgery, as defined by the Texas Medical Board Guidance, is any surgery where there is no anticipated short-term or long-term negative impact because of delaying a procedure or surgery.

Attorney General Ken Paxton clarified this executive order saying: “This prohibition applies throughout the State and to all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary … such as orthopedic surgeries or any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”

Jonathan Saenz, President and Attorney for Texas Values said: “Abortion is not essential healthcare. At a time when so many lives are at risk, we should all be able to agree that efforts to protect people from the coronavirus should be more important than the taking of a human life through abortion.”

To see the Governor’s Executive order, click here. Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion can be viewed here.


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