Texas Lawmakers Deem Abortion ‘Non-Essential,’ But Church ‘Essential’

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Pictured: Planned Parenthood rally in Austin, Texas, March 2012. (scATX)

On Tuesday, March 31, a United States appeals court ruled to allow Texas to continue enforcing limits on people’s ability to obtain safe and legal abortions due to the state’s policy to postpone “non-essential” procedures in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a New York Times release by Reuters, “Texas and other states that previously pursued abortion restrictions have sought to crack down on abortion availability during the pandemic”

This has prompted abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health to sue to block the policies “after clinics said they were forced to cancel hundreds of appointments for abortions across the state.”

In response to the 5th Circuit court’s decision, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin, Texas, ruled that Texas…

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