By: Alyssa Wilson
A Texas judge granted a temporary restraining order against an anti-abortion group, preventing it from suing Planned Parenthood.
Texas Right to Life and its associates cannot enforce the state’s new restrictive abortion law by suing Planned Parenthood, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble ruled, according to The New York Times.
The law banning most abortions in the state took effect on Wednesday. It bans abortions after six weeks, which is before some women even know they’re pregnant. It is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country and allows private citizens to sue people who provide abortions and anyone who “aids and abets it.” While patients cannot be sued, other workers, including clinic staff and even rideshare drivers, can be sued for thousands of dollars.
Gamble said the new law, known as Senate Bill 8, created “a probable, irreparable, and imminent injury” for Planned Parenthood, its staff and patients. While the restraining order is a brief reprieve for Planned Parenthood, it is narrow and does not protect the organization for anyone not associated with Texas Right to Life.
The temporary order was filed by Planned Parenthood South Texas Surgical Center, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services, Planned Parenthood Center for Choice and Planned Parenthood Center for Choice abortion provider Dr. Bhavik Kumar.
According to Planned Parenthood, Senate Bill 8 makes abortions “completely unattainable” for Texans, particularly those who are Black, Latinx, low income, or live in rural areas.
“We are relieved that the Travis County district court has acted quickly to grant this restraining order against Texas Right to Life and anyone working with them as deputized enforces of this draconian law,” Helene Krasnoff of Planned Parenthood Federation of America said. “This restraining order offers protection to the brave health care providers and staff at Planned Parenthood health centers throughout Texas, who have continued to offer care as best they can within the law while facing surveillance, harassment, and threats from vigilantes eager to stop them.”
Planned Parenthood has vowed to continue fighting Senate Bill 8 and said they would do everything it can “under the law to restore Texans’ federal constitutional right to access abortion.”
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