Texas Abortion Providers File Lawsuit to Ensure Safe Access to Abortion Procedures During Coronavirus Pandemic

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On Wednesday, a group of Texas abortion providers—represented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Lawyering Project—sued Gov. Greg Abbott and other state officials to ensure that patients can continue to access abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawsuit is in response to Monday’s declaration from the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, banning “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”

Failure to comply with the order can result in penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time, Paxton said, and the order in Texas is in effect until at least April 21.

Due to the ensuing confusion in Texas, providers—including Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), Planned Parenthood Greater Texas (PPGT), Planned Parenthood South Texas (PPST),…

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