Texas Abortion Clinics Want Supreme Court To Allow Pill-Based Abortions During Coronavirus Crisis

(FreedomJournal.Org)- Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are seeking the Supreme Court’s help in Texas.
There, Republican Governor Greg Abbott banned a bunch of elective medical procedures back on March 22 in an effort to preserve much-needed medical supplies that are running short in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Those elective medical procedures include abortions.
Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights challenged that order, but it failed. Despite that, the two groups are hoping one form of abortions, a pill-based one, will be allowed to continue so mothers can end their pregnancies in the early weeks.
The president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup, said:
“Texas is blatantly abusing its emergency power to obliterate Roe v. Wade. This tactic of using bogus health and safety justifications to close clinics is nothing new.”
The Supreme Court is being thrust into this fight yet again, marking the second time the high court has been asked to intervene. It’s been a back-and-forth fight in Texas ever since Abbott initially decreed his order.
Abortionists won the first battle, with U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel saying clinics could continue operating in Texas. That decision was overturned a few days later by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The two clinics went back to the court hoping to receive approval for abortions with the pill, which wouldn’t require extensive medical attention in a hospital setting, they argued. Yeakel gave them approval for that, but then the Appeals Court struck that down again.
The clinics then have no choice but to turn to the Supreme Court, which they did in an emergency appeal. Their argument is that any delay in availability of abortions would increase health risks related to pregnancies progressing, while also extracting a serious financial and emotional toll on those mothers who are pregnant.
They also argue that the abortion ban actually increases the consumption of medical supplies, since pregnant women need to see their medical providers often and do ultrasounds and other diagnostic tests.
In their emergency application to the Supreme Court, the two clinics wrote:
“Patients who could otherwise obtain early medication abortions … will be unable to obtain an abortion in Texas for at least several weeks. As a result, they will be forced either to remain pregnant and endure the physical, economic and emotional consequences of pregnancy or to undertake the risky and expensive travel to other states where abortion is still available.”
The state of Texas has countered in arguments that abortion clinics could serve as places where the coronavirus could transfer from one person to next, as maintaining social distancing is difficult. Also, complications from pill-based abortions could overwhelm hospitals that need to keep rooms open for coronavirus cases.
In upholding Texas’ abortion ban, the Fifth Circuit rules states “may implement emergency measures that curtail constitutional rights so long as the measures have at least some ‘real or substantial relation’ to the public health crisis.”
Now, the fight will go up to the Supreme Court, or at least the clinics hope.