Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis


A federal appeals court has sided with Texas and allowed the state to ban most abortions while under an emergency order limiting non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.

A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a decision by a lower court that blocked the order.

The new ruling allows the ban to stay in place.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month ordered hospitals to cancel ``non-essential'' surgeries to preserve space and supplies for coronavirus patients and doctors.

Abortion groups sued to remove the procedure from the ban.