Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Texas and Ohio COVID-19 Limits On Elective Medical Procedures Include Elective Abortions

Texas Tribune reports:
Citing the need to preserve health care capacity for COVID-19 patients, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that abortions should not be performed unless the mother's life is in danger.
The warning comes one day after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered health care facilities and professionals to postpone all procedures that are deemed “not medically necessary” as the state gears up for an influx of patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The attorney general said that the order, set to expire April 21, should also be interpreted to cover abortion clinics in the state.
Here is the Attorney General's press release.

New York Times reports that Ohio imposed a similar ban last week.