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AbstractEleven states have tried to suspend abortion care in response to COVID-19. State officials claim that they will preserve medical supplies, hospital space, and health care capacity by classifyingabortion as an elective, non-essential surgery that must be delayed. Advocacy groups representing abortion providers sued in several states to enjoin these bans. What has emerged is a fight that ignores medical evidence and threatens to exacerbate the current public health emergency. The Executive Order issued in Texas offers an apt example. Though abortion may be available in Texas for the time being, opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit provide a troubling roadmap for suspending constitutional rights as a health emergency measure.
CitationRachel Rebouché, Abortion opportunism, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Volume 7, Issue 1, January-June 2020, lsaa029, https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsaa029
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Has partJournal of Law and the Biosciences, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, January-June 2020
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