Friday, September 3, 2021

TX Judge Hands Narrow Win To Abortion Providers Over 6-Week Ban

A Texas State Judge, on Friday, Temporarily Blocked an Anti-Abortion Group from Enforcing Texas's New 6-week Abortion Ban against Planned Parenthood, handing a Narrow Legal Victory to Abortion Rights Advocates.

The Order from Judge, Maya Guerra Gamble (D), Halts the Anti-Abortion Group, Texas Right to Life and its Associates, from Suing Abortion Providers and Workers at Planned Parenthood Clinics, under Texas’s highly Restrictive New Abortion Law, S.B. 8.

“The Court finds that S.B. 8 creates a probable, irreparable, and imminent injury in the interim for which plaintiffs and their physicians, staff and patients throughout Texas have no adequate remedy at law if plaintiffs, their physicians, and staff are subjected to private enforcement lawsuits against them under S.B. 8,” Gamble wrote.

The Ruling applies Only to the Parties in the Lawsuit and does Not Invalidate the New Law, which Prohibits Abortions after a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected, at around Six weeks of Pregnancy.

Still, Planned Parenthood welcomed Friday's Ruling in the Face of what it described as a “draconian law.”

“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,” Helene Krasnoff of Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a Statement.

“But make no mistake: this is not enough relief for Texas,” she continued. “Planned Parenthood will continue fighting for the millions of Texans affected by S.B. 8., doing everything we can under the law to restore Texans’ federal constitutional right to access abortion.”

The Texas Law at issue was signed, in May, by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and took effect Wednesday. Later that Evening, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 Vote, turned down an Emergency Request from Abortion Providers to Block it.

An estimated 85% to 90% of Women who get an Abortion in Texas, are at least Six Weeks into their Pregnancy, and the Burden is expected to fall most heavily, on Teens, People of Color, and Women living in Rural Areas, Experts said.

The Texas Law gives Enforcement Authority to Private Citizens, allowing them to Sue those who Perform or Aid the Procedure in Violation of the Measure, and Provides for $10,000 for a Successful Lawsuit. They have Four years to bring a Lawsuit.

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