Planned Parenthood and abortion providers in Texas on Sunday appealed a federal court decision to the US Supreme Court, asking the court to allow medication abortions pending a full appeal.
This case arises from a March 22 executive order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that prohibits elective surgeries and medical procedures until April 21. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on April 10 entered an administrative stay that put on hold a federal district court’s temporary restraining order that would have allowed medication abortion to resume.
Planned Parenthood argues that the Fifth Circuit’s stay runs directly contrary to the state interest because individuals will require more health care if they remain pregnant than if they have a desired abortion. Planned Parenthood reasoned that some pregnant women would even be contagion risks during a pandemic by engaging in risky, out-of-state travel in an attempt to access earlier abortion services.
Planned Parenthood sought urgent intervention from Justice Samuel Alito.