Federal Judge Rules Against Pandemic Abortion Ban

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Both Donald Trump and the Republican legislators across the country have tried to sneak additional legislation in under the cover of assisting Americans in economic distress during the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, some of the courts have put a brake on such inappropriate actions.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction that halts Alabama from limiting abortions as part of a ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic. He wrote in his opinion, according to the ACLU:

‘Based on the current record, the defendants’ efforts to combat COVID-19 do not outweigh the lasting harm imposed by the denial of an individual’s right to terminate her pregnancy, by an undue burden or increase in risk on patients imposed by a delayed procedure, or by the cloud of unwarranted prosecution against providers.’

Attorneys representing the clinics have praised the court’s decision. The abortion clinics decided to invoke an injunction against Alabama. The state’s attorney general refused to make clear the concept that clinics could keep on operating during a ban on elective procedures deemed unnecessary.

Senior staff attorney at the ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union’s) Reproductive Freedom Project Alexa Kolbi-Molinas noted that having an abortion did nothing to halt the coronavirus:

‘Preventing someone from getting an abortion doesn’t do anything to stop the COVID-19 virus, it just takes the decision whether to have a child out of their hands.’

A number of states have been embattled in legal fights over women’s access to abortion during the coronavirus pandemic. These include: Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

A spokesperson for Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) had no comment at this time.

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