Texas Judge Stops Anti-Abortionists From Suing Planned Parenthood

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As women in Texas suffer the consequences of a law passed to appease the wishes of only about 20 percent of the entire country, lawsuits against abortion providers like Planned Parenthood are sure to happen. A judge in Texas, however, says they aren’t going to happen anytime soon.

On Friday, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble ruled that a lawsuit filed by Texas Right To Life, a group who opposes abortion on religious grounds, not only for themselves but for everyone else, too – cannot sue the providers who serve women needing contraception, cancer screenings, and other reproductive health care.

According to CNN:

‘A district judge in Texas has issued a temporary restraining order against Texas Right to Life, blocking the anti-abortion group from suing abortion providers employed by Planned Parenthood under the state’s strict new abortion law, according to a copy of the order provided by Planned Parenthood.’

 

 

The new law in Texas is the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the United States, banning the procedure past six weeks’ gestation, well before the vast majority of women know that they are actually pregnant. The reporting process, however, is particularly loathsome and intended to harass women into complying with the law.

‘The law, which took effect this week…allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking an abortion in violation of the law. It is among the strictest in the nation and bars abortions just after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is often before a woman knows that she is pregnant.’

The judge issued a restraining order against the Right to Life group, but said that it will extend to any group attempting to bring the same kind of lawsuit. The restraining order, however, is temporary.

‘Gamble said the temporary restraining order applies not only to Texas Right to Life, but also to “any and all parties and persons in active concert and participation with them.” A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for September 13.’