The executive order from Gov Greg Abbott that temporarily prohibited almost all types of abortions in Texas, U.S.A. finally expired on April 21st. On April 23rd Abbott issued a new ruling that will allow abortions to continue.
This follows several weeks of a legal feud between the Texan authorities and abortion clinics supported by civil rights activists. The initial ban listed abortions among “non-essential” medical procedures that would potentially affect the availability of resources amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many Texan women had to travel to other states to receive abortions.
The new order allows healthcare organizations to continue “non-essential” procedures as long as a portion of their facilities are reserved for potential Coronavirus patients. The protective equipment for staff should not be publicly sourced.