load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);US appeals court lets Texas curb medication abortions during pandemicSource:Reuters Published: 2020/4/21 18:18:40load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);A US appeals court on Monday allowed Texas to enforce curbs on medication-induced abortions as part of the Republican-governed states restrictions aimed at postponing medical procedures not deemed urgent during the coronavirus pandemic.Both customer and store cashier wear masks inside a Chinese supermarket in Plano, a suburban city of Dallas, Texas, the United States, on April 3. Photo: XinhuaA three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a federal judges order blocking the state from applying restrictions to abortions induced through medication, in the early stages of a pregnancy. About half of all abortions in Texas are performed through medication, which involves taking two pills by mouth.The 5th Circuit said that in blocking the Texas actions to curb abortions during the pandemic, US District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin usurped the states authority “to craft emergency public health measures.”Texas is one of several conservative states that have pursued limits on abortion during the pandemic, saying they want to ensure that medical resources including protective equipment are available to help healthcare facilities cope with people with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.Abortion providers including Whole Womans Health and Planned Parenthood sued Texas on March 25, calling the restrictions a violation of the right to abortion under the US Constitution as recognized by the US Supreme Court in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. They expressed dismay at the 5th Circuits ruling.”A global pandemic is no time to restrict time-sensitive healthcare,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, adding that the restrictions were a “nightmare within a nightmare.”Abortion rights advocates have accused the states of political opportunism by using the pandemic to advance anti-abortion policies.In the fast-moving litigation, the 5th Circuit previously allowed the state to enforce a near-total ban on surgical and medication-induced abortions as part of its emergency response. After Yeakel then narrowed his temporary injunction to specifically allow medication abortions, the state again appealed to the 5th Circuit.The three-judge panel on Monday sided with the state, but left in place a portion of Yeakels decision that prevented the state from banning surgical abortions for women who would be past the legal limit for the procedure by the time Governor Greg Abbotts emergency order was set to expire at the end of Tuesday.Though Abbotts emergency order was due to expire, he issued a fresh emergency order on Friday that runs until May 8.Newspaper headline: US appeals court allows Texan abortion restrictionsRELATED ARTICLES:US Texas extends social distancing order to April 30 7 wounded in Texas flea market shooting People visit AutoRama show in Dallas, Texas Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 2020 kicks off in TexasPosted in: AMERICASvar wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1186292;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes/adv_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}
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