On March 25, Planned Parenthood South Texas and other abortion providers throughout the state filed a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott.
We are taking Abbott to court to protect essential health care for Texas women and families trying to manage their personal lives amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It is paramount that patients can continue to access time-sensitive abortion care during this crisis.
While doctors and nurses across the globe are working around-the-clock to care for patients suffering from COVID-19, Governor Abbott is using this pandemic to further his own ideology. Already here in San Antonio we have had to turn away more than 65 women who have made the personal decision to end their pregnancies. These women have been robbed of the ability to control the direction their lives are headed, because of Governor Abbott.
It is absolutely reprehensible that the Governor is exploiting a global pandemic for political gain.
We all want the same thing: To protect public health and safety. That has been Planned Parenthood South Texas’ top priority since the start of this COVID-19 pandemic. And make no mistake, Planned Parenthood is doing its part to conserve medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE). Medication abortion – which makes up 74 percent of abortion care provided in our health centers – requires handing a woman a pill. A physician does not need any personal protective equipment to hand a woman a pill.
Recent remarks by Attorney General Paxton stating that Planned Parenthood is “withholding desperately needed supplies and personal protective equipment” are purely political and meant to deflect attention away from the fact that the State of Texas is banning constitutionally-protected health care.
Experts including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology agree that abortion is an essential, time-sensitive procedure that cannot be delayed. The groups note that delaying this care could “profoundly impact a person’s life, health, and well-being.” Delays or additional barriers to care can make it more difficult, and in Texas nearly impossible, for patients to access safe, legal abortion.
Indeed for many people of color and people with lower incomes, who already face systemic barriers to health care and are more vulnerable to COVID-19, adding unnecessary restrictions on abortion access poses dangerous risks.
Years of the governor’s policies have already weakened Texas’ public health infrastructure and left Texans to fight this pandemic with fewer hospitals and providers, and inadequate health insurance coverage. Now he is putting health care further at risk.
An abortion is not something a person can delay until this crisis ends. Please call Governor Abbott right now at 512-213-6763 to tell him that this move is wrong and abortion must remain available.
You can be certain we will do everything we can to ensure that Texans get the care they need. We’re asking you to do your part right now: Make your call to Governor Abbott today. Dial 512-213-6763 and tell him that abortion is essential health care and he should not use this pandemic to block Texans’ access to care, no matter what his politics are.
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