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Planned Parenthood Center for Choice v. Abbott (Texas)

(W.D. Tex. No. 1:20-CV-323 / 5th Cir. Nos. 20-50264; 20-50296; Sup. Ct. No. 20-305)

This case challenged an executive order that used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to ban nearly all abortion care in Texas. Issued on March 22, 2020, the executive order remained in effect until April 21, 2020. During that period, the district court issued a series of injunctions blocking enforcement of the abortion ban, and the Fifth Circuit issued a series of writs of mandamus reinstating it.  The impact on Texas residents seeking abortion care was devastating. As the pandemic intensified, they were forced either to engage in risky out-of-state travel to access abortion or to remain pregnant for a period of unknown duration.


Alamo City Surgery Center PLLC; Brookside Women’s Medical Center PA; Houston Women’s Clinic; Houston Women’s Reproductive Services; Planned Parenthood Center for Choice; Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services; Planned Parenthood South Texas Surgical Center; Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center; Whole Woman’s Health; Whole Woman’s Health Alliance; Robin Wallace, M.D.


Governor of Texas; Attorney General of Texas; Acting Executive Commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Executive Director of Texas Medical Board; Executive Director of Texas Board of Nursing; Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County; District Attorney for Dallas County; District Attorney for El Paso County; Criminal District Attorney for Fort Bend County; Criminal District Attorney for Harris County; Criminal District Attorney for Hidalgo County; Criminal District Attorney for McLennan County; Criminal District Attorney for Tarrant County; District Attorney for Travis County


American Civil Liberties Union; ACLU Foundation of Texas, Inc.; Center for Reproductive Rights; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Patrick J. O’Connell

Timeline and Key Documents:

April 11, 2020

Plaintiffs File an Emergency Application with SCOTUS to Vacate the Stay as to Medication Abortion

March 25, 2020