Texas: Health care facilities, abortion providers, must stop all unnecessary proceduresChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities, including abortion providers, that they must postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Topics: Texas health
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.
The coronavirus pandemic has increased demands for hospital beds and has created a shortage of personal protective equipment needed to protect health care professionals and stop transmission of the virus.
Postponing surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary will ensure that hospital beds are available for those suffering from COVID-19 and that PPEs are available for health care professionals.
Failure to comply with an executive order issued by the governor related to the COVID-19 disaster can result in penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time. ■