AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with Texas and allowed the state to ban most abortions while under an emergency order limiting non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.

A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a decision by a lower court that blocked the order. The new ruling allows the ban to stay in place. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month ordered hospitals to cancel “non-essential” surgeries to preserve space and supplies for coronavirus patients and doctors.

Abortion groups sued to remove the procedure from the ban.

(Above portion of story written by JIM VERTUNO/AP; Following portion of story written by Brandon Comeaux)

Over the past few days, Moon Griffon has been calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to close down abortion clinics in Louisiana.

In the interviews BELOW, Moon speaks with Louisiana Right to Life Director of Outreach Brian Gunter and College Director of their North La. Youth Program Kandace Landreneau, as well as State Representative and 5th Congressional District candidate Lance Harris.

Gunter reveals how people are showing up with Texas license plates to get abortions in Louisiana. Landreneau, who called from on site at Hope Medical Group For Women in Shreveport, gave a live report and confirmed that was happening. Hope Medical is one of three abortion clinics in Louisiana. Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge and Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans are the other two.

Harris joined Moon's call for the abortion clinics to be shut down.

"Gov. Edwards needs to shut down the abortion clinics like he did the churches," says Griffon. "We shut churches down where people are offered hope and a new life everyday, but we keep abortion clinics open that have one goal: to destroy a life. Governor, that makes no sense."

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