US Texas Allowed to Halt Abortions to Conserve Masks, Gloves
Future is donating face masks to hospital workers and patients to combat the shortage
Cue the flutes. Future, the rapper behind the hit "Mask Off," is partnering with Atlanta Sewing Style to provide face masks to hospital workers and patients in a campaign appropriately called "Mask On."The rapper behind the 2017 hit "Mask Off," Future is partnering with a sewing organization to provide face masks to hospital workers and patients in a campaign appropriately titled "Mask On.
(Bloomberg) -- Texas struck a blow against abortion rights when a federal appeals court ruled the state can ban most procedures as long as the governor’s emergency health decree to save medical supplies for fighting the pandemic is in effect.
A three-judge panel in New Orleans said in a 2-1 ruling that a woman’s constitutional right to abortion can be temporarily set aside during a national health emergency.
Texas Blocked From Banning Abortions to Conserve Masks, Gowns
A federal judge ordered Texas to temporarily stop enforcing its ban on abortions, which state leaders had declared medically unnecessary procedures that wasted scarce medical resources needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. © Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - JUNE 19: An ultrasound machine sits next to an exam table in an examination room at Whole Woman's Health of South Bend on June 19, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. The clinic, which provides reproductive healthcare for women including providing abortions is scheduled to open next week following a nearly two-year court battle.
U.S. Supreme Court precedent says “all constitutional rights may be reasonably restricted to combat a public health emergency,” Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, wrote in the majority opinion.
The ruling came after clinics, impatient for guidance, threatened to escalate the issue to the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning.
A March 22 order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, banned all non-essential medical procedures in order to preserve hospital beds and personal protective equipment for treating Covid-19 patients. The order applies to even non-surgical abortions that don’t require masks and gloves, and violators face steep fines and jail time, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, also a Republican.
Valérie Pécresse wants masks for RATP and SNCF agents
© LP / Olivier Arandel Saint-Ouen, Monday, February 3, 2020.Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France region wants to be able to equip agents with masks public transport while the epidemic is hard on the region. There is an emergency. Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic which transformed the Ile-de-France region which she chairs into the main center of contagion and hospitalizations, Valérie Pécresse (LR) is particularly active on the problem of masks which she has ordered 30 million units.
The case is In Re Greg Abbott, 20-50264, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (New Orleans).
(Update with excerpt from majority ruling in third paragraph.)
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Corona crisis in Spain: Back to work - but with mask .
Prime Minister Sánchez has put the Spanish economy in a corona "hibernation". To awaken them, hundreds of thousands of Spaniards are now allowed to go to work with masks. This is also politically risky. © BORJA PUIG DE LA BELLACASA / AFP A huge experiment begins in Spain on Monday: Most shops remain closed, but hundreds of thousands of citizens can return to their jobs, including industrial and construction workers. You will get on the subways and enter streets that are now deserted.