CNA Staff, Apr 6, 2020 / 16:00 pm
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday allowed some surgical abortions and medication abortions to continue during the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) crisis. The decision was made in relation to a state-ordered halt to elective abortion procedures in Ohio for the duration of the pandemic.
Ohio had ordered a halt on surgical abortions as "non-essential" medical procedures during the new coronavirus crisis, before a district court in Ohio on March 30 put a temporary restraining order on that policy.
The court allowed for surgical abortions to continue in the state, but on a case-by-case basis. If abortions could not be safely postponed or conducted via chemical prescription, then they could occur, the court said.
On Monday, the Sixth Circuit declined the state's appeal of the decision, saying it lacked jurisdiction, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.