Federal Judge Shoots Down Texas Ban on Abortions, but the Fight's Not Over

FILE – In this June 6, 2018, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to fellow state officials and media in Austin, Texas. Abbott on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, pulled down a tweet after being mocked on social media for sharing a widely debunked quote attributed to Winston Churchill about fascism. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

It was just a few days ago that Texas Governor Greg Abbott banned abortion from his state under the reasoning that since abortion is a choice, it’s an elective procedure and should be sidelined so that it doesn’t take up any crucial medical supplies that could otherwise be used on people who actually need them.

As my colleague Alex Parker wrote, this immediately kicked off a war with the pro-abortion crowd and the lawsuits began among various abortion industries and law groups.

(READ: Abortion Gets 86’d in Texas as a ‘Non-Essential’ Service, Planned Parenthood Sues for ‘Health and Life’)

Now, according to Politico, a federal judge has come in and lifted the ban on abortion in Texas and various other states that enacted such a ban. The lifted ban, however, isn’t permanent:

Federal judges on Monday lifted restrictions Texas, Ohio and Alabama imposed on abortion during the coronavirus pandemic in decisions that could have repercussions for several more Republican-led states that have deemed the procedure non-essential during the crisis.

In Texas, District Court Judge Lee Yeakel sided with abortion clinics and granted a temporary restraining order through April 13 while arguments on the underlying legality of the state’s order play out.

Politico reported that Yeakel, an appointee of George W. Bush, had sided with the abortion industry on multiple cases previously. Yeakel stated that the court “will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent ‘except-in-a-national-emergency clause” in its previous work on the abortion issue.

The fight isn’t over yet, though.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton isn’t backing down and said on Monday that his office was going to fight this battle in order to “ensure that medical professionals on the frontlines have the supplies and protective gear they desperately need.”

How abortion can be considered a necessary procedure when it’s clearly an elective one by the definition given to it by its own advocates. The defining word in “pro-choice” is “choice” and if it is a choice, then abortion is a non-essential procedure that can be banned during a time when medical supplies need to be used wisely.

 

 

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