Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced in a press release that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit once again upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-09. The order requires medical professionals to “postpone medical procedures that are not immediately medically necessary in order to preserve precious medical supplies for those combating the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).” The ban includes abortions. The general order has been a back-and-forth fight with abortion rights groups who have filed lawsuits at the state and federal level to allow abortions during the current pandemic. In a press release on Monday, April 29th, Paxton announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld GOV. Abbott’s order.


AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which once again upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-09. That order requires all health care facilities and professionals to postpone medical procedures that are not immediately medically necessary in order to preserve precious medical supplies for those combating the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The court ruled that the district court’s second temporary restraining order on Executive Order GA-09, which granted abortionists an exception to the rule, was legally erroneous. The Fifth Circuit’s ruling recognized that states have the authority to take action during public health emergencies, and that federal judges cannot usurp that authority.


“I am pleased that the Fifth Circuit once again ruled in favor of the health and safety needs of our communities and hardworking medical professionals during this unprecedented medical crisis. Without exception, Texans must continue to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Governor Abbott’s order ensures that hospital beds, supplies and personal protective equipment remain available for the medical professionals on the frontlines of this battle.”