Texas became the second state to cancel all non-essential and elective surgical procedures to preserve personal protective equipment for medical professionals inundated with people battling COVID-19.
To the ire of abortion advocates, abortion clinics fall into the non-essential and elective procedures categories. From Christian Headlines (emphasis added):
The warning from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applies to all licensed health care facilities and professionals, including abortion clinics and abortion doctors.
Paxton says he is enforcing an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who on Saturday said “all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary.”
“We must work together as Texans to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our healthcare professionals and facilities have all the resources they need to fight the virus at this time,”
Paxton said in a statement. “No one is exempt from the governor’s executive order on medically unnecessary surgeries and procedures, including abortion providers. Those who violate the governor’s order will be met with the full force of the law.”
Before the cancellations, pregnant women in Texas who wanted to end their unborn babies’ lives had to wait 24 hours, and abortionists had to perform ultrasounds, display the images, make the heartbeat audible, and explain the ultrasound. Minors who want to kill their unborn babies must have at least one parent’s consent.
In Ohio, the other state that enacted a pause on procedures like abortions, the state’s attorney general sent Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio’s Surgery Center in Cincinnati and the Women’s Med Center in Dayton letters of warning for continuing to perform abortions.