A Texas judge is preventing the anti-abortion group from enforcing a new law

A Texas state judge on Monday issued a restraining order for the Texas anti-abortion group Right for Life to comply with the state’s new law against Planned Parenthood in Texas.

Why it’s important: Texas ’new restrictive law, which bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, encourages people to sue anyone suspected of helping a pregnant woman get an abortion and awards at least $ 10,000 to successful plaintiffs.

  • The instruction, which applies only to Texas Right for Life and its affiliates, prevents them from suing Planned Parenthood for possible violations of the abortion ban.
    • Issued in Austin by Texas District Court Judge Karin Crump, the order will remain in effect until at least April 2022, when a trial on the merits of the case is expected.
  • It replaces a temporary restraining order granted to Planned Parenthood members last week and “is part of a broader – and partial – approach by abortion rights advocates to try to cushion the effect of the law,” writes CNN. .

What they say: “We are relieved that … our health care providers and workers now have some protection against frivolous lawsuits, as litigation against this blatantly unconstitutional law continues,” Helene Krasnoff, vice president of plans and policy laws, said in a statement. public of Planned Parenthood. .

  • “Desperate jeans are forced to carry pregnancies against their will or to flee the state to seek constitutionally protected care and brave health care providers and staff across the state work hard to provide care within the law while facing surveillance, harassment and threats. “
  • “This interim measure is an important step, but it is not enough relief,” Krasnoff added, highlighting the group’s plan to continue fighting.

The other side: “The instruction only prevents designated parties from filing or assisting others in lawsuits against Planned Parenthood abortion facilities,” Texas Right for Life said in a statement.

  • “Other citizens are legally allowed to sue Planned Parenthood if their abortionists violated the Texas Heartbeat Act and Texas’ right to life is legally allowed to sue other people who can help or encourage abortion.”
  • “Therefore, the current ruling has no effect on the Texas Heartbeat Act or the risk the abortion industry takes if they break the law,” the group said.

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