Texas pushes back against Biden’s demand that hospitals perform abortions in banned states

Attorney General Ken Paxton/ Facebook

The apoplexy of the left over the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24 continues, and a recent move by the state of Texas is sure to intensify it.

Roused into action by enraged fellow Democrats, Joe Biden on July 8 signed an executive order seeking to ensure access to abortions despite the demise of Roe v. Wade.

On July 14 Texas sued the federal government over an aspect of this new “guidance,” which directs hospitals to perform emergency abortions regardless of state bans on the procedure that are being triggered by the epic Supreme Court decision. To follow the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, the guidance states, abortions must allowed when doctors believe the mother’s life or health is in danger.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to “use federal law to transform every emergency room in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic,” said Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the lawsuit.

HHS did not respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.

Abortion ceased to be available in Texas after the state’s highest court cleared the way, at Paxton’s urging, for a nearly century-old abortion ban to take effect. In the lawsuit filed in Lubbock, the state argued that federal law has never authorized the federal government to force the performing of abortions and that the guidance was unlawful.

About half of the U.S. states are expected to restrict or ban abortions after the Supreme Court ruling. Thirteen states, including Texas, had so-called “trigger” laws on the books designed to snap into effect if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently said she was determined to push through the House a bill that would codify abortion rights and that pro-choice Senate moderates have already complain is too broad and won’t clear the Senate.


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