State authorities have declared them unnecessary procedures that take scarce resources during a pandemic
A federal judge has demanded that the Texas authorities temporarily cease the abortion ban, which state leaders have declared medically unnecessary procedures, leading to the wasting of scarce resources needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The Texas Republican governor and state attorney general last week threatened doctors with heavy fines and imprisonment for abortions even for medical reasons that do not require the use of personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, sterile gloves and gowns. In accordance with the decision of the governor, only the abortions necessary to save the mother’s life are allowed.
“By itself, the decree does not go beyond the powers of the governor in case of emergency,” said District Judge Lee Yekel on Monday. “However, the interpretation of this decree by the Attorney General contains a threat of criminal punishment for those who hold a different interpretation.”
The interim restraining order is valid until April 13, when a judge in Austin holds hearings to further discuss this issue.