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Parenthood “ On Saturday, Gov. Abbott issued an executive order that “all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.” This prohibition applies throughout the State and to all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary, including routine dermatological, ophthalmological, and dental procedures, as well as most scheduled healthcare procedures that are not immediately medically necessary such as orthopedic surgeries or any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.”

“ Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), along with other pro-choice groups, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and several other state officials over a temporary ban on elective abortion during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ban was issued as part of an executive order by Abbott aimed at conserving medical equipment and the capacity of the health care system after warnings from health care professionals that patients sick with the coronavirus might overwhelm hospital capacity and deplete supplies, such as personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses.”

“ Abbott and governors of other states have banned elective medical procedures, including abortions, in order to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers caring for victims of the infection caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Texas Tribune reported Judge Kyle Duncan, a Donald Trump appointee, cited precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court in his decision, writing that “individual rights secured by the Constitution do not disappear during a public health crisis, but … Rights could be reasonably restricted during those times.”

When asked about his view on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus, the bishop minced no words. He said, “… if it is made from the tissue from aborted children, I will refuse the vaccine.”

His position is in line with the beliefs of the Catholic Church, though virtually no other prelate has spoken out so clearly about the issue, and there is potential for future disagreement when a vaccine is made available. Given that at least three labs are currently working on the development of a vaccine and all three are using fetal tissue, it is a problem that will not go away.

Bishop Strickland is also refusing to sign a statement that strips hospital patients of protections. The statement would essentially allow hospitals to make life-and-death decisions without patient consent – so hospitals would decide who lives and who dies, and when.

Even that separates him from many in the Church.

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