Parliamentary Network E-News

Volume 14
No. 2
April, 2020

Pandemic Concerns Halt Some Abortions

In the challenge to prepare for the anticipated health needs as COVID-19 spreads, non-essential surgeries and medical procedures have been stopped to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by health professional on the front line of treating patients and to ready hospitals for the influx of coronavirus patients.

Surgical abortions have been stopped in many states in the U.S. and chemical abortion induced by abortion pills have also been stopped in a number of states. Not surprisingly, abortion groups including Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, The ACLU, among others, have swiftly challenged Executive Orders in Texas, Alabama, Ohio, Idaho, Iowa, and Oklahoma. In Texas, they sued that the executive order was a “blatant effort to exploit a public health crisis to advance an extreme, anti-abortion agenda.” 

At this point, federal judges in Alabama, Iowa, and Ohio have ruled to block the orders from going into effect. Ohio is appealing the decision.

In Texas, an immediate appeal was filed after a federal judge blocked the Executive Order. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit the overruled the decision and restored the Governor’s order. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton explained that the Executive Order applies to all health care facilities in order to ensure equipment and resources are available for fighting COVID-19 and that abortion centers were seeking special treatment. “All Texans must work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. My office will continue to defend Governor Greg Abbott’s Order to ensure that supplies and personal protective gear reach the hardworking medical professionals who need it the most during this health crisis,” said Paxton.

Abortion providers in Indiana have opted to just ignore Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order halting services of all non-essential healthcare including abortion services. Whole Women’s Health attempted to justify the continuation of services that they are “only” providing medical abortions.


 
 
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In This Issue

 

Defending Life

Abortion Funding Kept Out of Coronavirus Aid Act

Pandemic Concerns Halts Some Abortions

Physicians Declare: Abortion is Not Essential Healthcare

Pro-Life Leaders Seek Abortion Clinic Compliance

Disability Community Must be Protected

International Pressure for Abortion

Pandemic Viewed by Pro-Abortionists as an Opportunity

Attorneys General Seek Mail Order Abortion Drugs

Northern Ireland: UK Enacts Abortion on Demand amid Pandemic

Northern Ireland: Struggle to Stop DIY Abortion

UK: DIY Abortions No Longer Banned

Telemedicine for Abortion

South Australia: Abortion Activists Seek Telemedicine Abortion

 

Focus on the United Nations

CSW Declaration Disappoints Pro-Abortion Activists

Legislative News

Democratic Pro-Life Leader Loses Primary

UK: New Report Reveals Unborn Babies Feel Pain Earlier

Canada: New Bill Would Ban Sex-Selective Abortions

India: Lower House Votes to Extend Abortion Limit to 24 Weeks

New Zealand: Parliament Votes to Legalize Abortion

 

Executive News

Argentina: Plans to Legalize Abortion on Hold Due to COVID-19

 

Judicial News

EU: Court of Human Rights Denies Conscience Rights

 


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