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Texas Blocked From Halting Abortions to Save Masks, Gowns

  • Austin judge says ‘outright ban’ on procedure not justified
  • State attorney general’s office vows to immediately appeal
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A federal judge ordered Texas to temporarily stop enforcing its halt on abortions, which state leaders had declared medically unnecessary procedures that wasted scarce medical resources needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas’s Republican governor and attorney general last week threatened doctors with steep fines and jail time for performing even medication abortions that don’t require the use of personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks and sterile gloves and gowns. Only abortions needed to save the life of the mother were allowed under the governor’s order.