A coalition of abortion-rights advocates is suing Texas over the state’s directive to ban nearly all abortion services as the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. The groups are asking for the court to issue an immediate temporary restraining order to block the ban from taking effect. Already, clinics that provide abortion in the state have turned away patients seeking the procedure because of the order. The complaint, filed in the Western District of Texas,  is a joint effort from the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Lawyering Project. In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday afternoon, attorneys wrote that Texas’s ban was unconstitutional and deprives people “of their fundamental right to determine when and whether to have a child or to add to their existing families.” On Monday, Texas’s Attorney General Ken Paxton ordered that all abortions “not medically necessary to preserve the life or health” of the patient must be temporarily halted as part of the state’s directive to suspend non-essential procedures in order to preserve much-needed resources to fight the growing COVID-19 pandemic. In Ohio, Attorney General Dave Yost has said the state Health Department’s ban on all “non-essential” surgeries applies to abortion services, though


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