A new Texas law restricting abortions across the state has sparked numerous headlines and attracted criticism from pro-abortion advocates nationwide in recent days.
One notable development in the ongoing narrative came when a Texas judge temporarily prevented an anti-abortion group from suing Planned Parenthood as permitted in the new law.
“Probable, irreparable, and imminent injury”
Travis County District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble issued the temporary restraining order to Planned Parenthood in its dispute with Texas Right to Life.
The latter group has established a “whistleblower” website aimed at exposing those who perform or facilitate now-illegal forms of abortion.
“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 phyiscans, and staff are subjected to private enforcement lawsuits against them under S.B. 8,” the judge wrote.
Of course, the order is only in effect until Sept. 17.
For its part, Planned Parenthood claims that it has continued to operate within the confines of the new law. In a statement, the group pointed to Gamble’s order as a means of protection against harassment.
“150 babies per day are being saved”
Meanwhile, Texas Right to Life declares it is “undaunted” and plans to continue its operations despite the ruling.
Elizabeth Graham, the group’s vice president, wrote: “This lawsuit will not stop the work of Texas Right to Life. Estimates are that approximately 150 babies per day are being saved because of Texas Right to Life’s leadership on the Texas Heartbeat Act.”
Another hearing on the issue is set for Sept. 13, which could provide some level of resolution to the dispute. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the controversial law, which went into effect at the beginning of the month, could remain in place pending ongoing litigation.
Those opposed to the restriction remain adamant in their efforts to defeat or circumvent its mandate. Uber and Lyft, for example, revealed on Friday that they would cover 100% of the legal costs potentially associated with their respective drivers providing transportation to abortion clinics.
It might be just a matter of time until other, possibly larger, legal funds are established to assist Texas women seeking abortions. The issue has become central to the Democratic Party’s platform, so it is not surprising that any threat to abortion rights will be met with swift and severe opposition.