- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Abortion clinics in Texas are again trying to reopen for some women during the coronavirus pandemic after a federal appeals court allowed an executive order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to stand.

Planned Parenthood and other clinics Wednesday asked for a narrower ruling that would only allow abortions in some cases, including abortions performed by medication. It comes a day after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Texas and allowed it to ban most abortions under an Abbott order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus outbreak.

Texas bans most abortions after 20 weeks. Abbott’s original March 22 order was to expire April 21 but can be extended.

Similar legal fights are being waged in Alabama, Ohio, Oklahoma and Iowa.

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