A Texas state judge has barred anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life from trying to enforce a recently imposed six-week abortion ban against planned paternity in Texas.
CNN reported that Travis County, Texas. District Court Judge Karin Krump issued a restraining order that applies to anyone who works with or on behalf of the group and refrains from filing a lawsuit against their planned paternity for possible breach of SB8, which was passed last week, in almost all cases six weeks. After abortion is prohibited.
The move is a victory for abortion rights holders who are trying to block the impact of the law. Other groups have received temporary restraining orders against anti-abortion groups in hopes of finding more permanent legal fixtures.
This restriction only applies to the right to life in Texas. Other groups and individuals are still free to sue for planned paternity. There are temporary measures against other anti-abortion groups, and more permanent bans are being sought.
The injunction against the Texas Right to Life is effective immediately and will remain in effect until at least April 2022, when Judge Kramp set a trial date to present arguments in the case.
The law, signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, serves two main purposes. First, if the fetal heartbeat is caught, it prevents a physician from performing the abortion procedure. It allows any person or group to sue someone who “supports and persuades” the abortion procedure.
It is also broad enough that the rideshare company Uber and Lift have vowed to bear legal fees if any of its drivers are sued for rental transportation for abortion.
The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the law to be upheld earlier this month, and the impact is clear as state clinics have stopped abortions of pregnant women over six weeks for fear of lawsuits from private parties.
According to opponents, the result is much less access to abortion services for women.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas to prevent the law from taking effect, arguing that it is unconstitutional.
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