Ruth Institute Applauds Appeals Court Decision to Close Abortion Clinics

17 April 2020

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Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., applauded a federal appeals court decision that allows Texas to stop abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The move will conserve scarce medical resources,” Morse said, “and give women who were planning to have an abortion time to rethink that fatal decision.”

Both the Surgeon General and the CDC have called on healthcare providers to delay non-urgent and elective procedures during the pandemic. Attorneys General in Texas and Ohio have ordered abortion facilities to comply.

Planned Parenthood sued to have the orders overturned, arguing that abortions are essential and cannot be delayed.

While a lower federal court agreed and issued an injunction against the Texas order, the U.S Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said the order was constitutional and lifted the injunction. This is the first time a federal appeals court has ruled on the matter.

Morse explained:

“Since Roe v. Wade, abortion proponents have told us that a woman has a right to choose to end the life of an unborn child. But if abortion involves choice, it must be elective. By its very definition, an elective surgery is subject to choice, not something one is required to have.”

In an earlier press release, the Ruth Institute noted that while so much of the nation has closed down to prevent the spread of a deadly virus, facilities working not to save lives, but to take them, remain open.

“Being confronted by so much death should encourage us to hold life precious,” Morse said. “During the coronavirus crisis, hospitals, physicians and healthcare providers are struggling heroically to save lives. Isn’t it ironic that the abortion industry struggles to keep taking lives, at all costs?”

See The Ruth Institute’s earlier press release: Abortion Clinics Stay Open – Even a Pandemic Must Not Be Allowed to Interfere with the Sexual Revolution.

In a similar vein, the Ruth Institute has a petition calling for a moratorium on “sex-change” operations, which are also elective.


The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

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