Texas abortion groups win victory in court

A Texas judge granted a temporary restraining order against Texas’ ability to ban abortions, according to a report by The Washington Examiner.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took up a case representing abortion providers filed in Harris County on Monday. The group’s attorney said the temporary restraining order will remain in effect until the hearing on July 12.

“Every day that clinics can remain open will save countless people from the life-altering risks and consequences of forced pregnancy,” the ACLU wrote on social media.

Attorney Mark Hearron, who represented the plaintiffs said after the ruling, “At least for today, we can say that abortion providers cannot be prosecuted for, at least the time being, for providing abortions before six weeks for their patients.”

Among the defendants listed is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) who issued an advisory on Friday after the Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Paxton’s advisory regarded the state’s trigger ban which bans abortion almost entirely in the state of Texas, after the Supreme Court’s decision, which will not take effect for another month or two.

However, Paxton warned that “abortion providers could be criminally liable for providing abortions starting today” based on the state’s “abortion prohibitions predating Roe.”

One of 13 trigger laws that would criminalize or severely restrict abortions is expected to take effect in the coming weeks in 13 states, including in Texas.

“I think it’s a nonsense law, and I’m glad the court ruled the way that they did,” Harris County attorney Christian Menefee said.

It is unclear what the state could do if a local government chooses not to enforce the legislation making it a crime to conduct or assist in an abortion.

Louisiana and Utah are two additional states that have licensed abortionists. The 14-day duration of Utah’s temporary restraining order was announced on Monday. A court has scheduled a hearing on the Louisiana trigger laws for July 8.

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