(PresidentialWire.com)- Abortion providers in Texas enjoyed a little victory On Friday when a temporary restraining order was granted that protected employees working at Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. The restraining order means that they cannot be sued by employees of Right to Life Texas.
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble made the ruling, and to be clear, this doesn’t mean that the recent ban in Texas on abortions after six weeks won’t go into effect. It will. What it does mean, however, is that anti-abortion activists cannot sue abortion clinics.
The court ruling said that S.B.8. creates a “probably, irreparable, and imminent injury in the interim” for which the plaintiffs (the clinics) and their staff in Texas don’t have “adequate remedy at law” if they are subjected to private lawsuits against them.
The reason this is so significant is that the recent Texas abortion law that was passed didn’t just stop abortion practitioners from executing an abortion after the fetus develops a heartbeat at around six weeks, but also allowed citizens to sue Planned Parenthood and its workers.
As part of an effort to stop the new law, abortion clinic employees took their case to the Supreme Court. However, it was declined to be heard. The recent decision by Judge Gamble, therefore, is a small victory but a victory nonetheless.
Planned Parenthood released a statement following the ruling describing the restraining order as good protection but said that more work needs to be done.
Helen Krasnoff said that their organization will “continue fighting for the millions of Texans” affected by the law.