Dallas – A judge temporarily shielded some Texas abortion clinics from prosecution under a law that bans most abortions.
Austin District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble issued a temporary restraining injunction as a result of a family planning request.
The law is still in force, but the judge’s order protects family-planning clinics from whistle-blowing lawsuits brought by Texas Life Rights, its legislative Director, and others working with the non-profit.
September 13th is the date for the hearing on the preliminary restraining order request. The temporary restraining orders only protect family planning clinics against the Texas Right to Life lawsuit. It does not stop the Texas Right to Life from suing non-planned abortion clinics in Texas.
The law, which went into effect Wednesday, prohibits abortion after medical professionals detect heart activity. This is typically around the sixth week of pregnancy. Some women don’t realize that they are pregnant until this point. The law leaves ordinary citizens with the ability to enforce law through litigation rather than criminal prosecutions.
David Cole, Dallas, stated that Planned Parenthood’s success in this case could make it a model for other abortion providers who bring similar “prohibition-type” cases to those who may sue for breaking the law. Appellate lawyer.
Planned Parenthood claimed that the law reduces abortion options in Texas when doctors can detect cardiac activity. This is because providers have to keep people away. It claimed that historically, at least 85% to 90% percent of Texas abortion-seeking women were six weeks or more pregnant.
Planned Parenthood stated that even if it wins all cases against the organization claiming violations of the law these lawsuits will still reach the goal of law which is to “harass abortionists and other critical people”.
Elizabeth Graham, Vice President of the Right to Life in Texas, stated that her team expects that the family planning suit will be dismissed. She also said that “Prior to that, we will continue working to ensure that the abortion sector fully complies” with the new law.