Pro-election protesters march in front of the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Texas approved SB8, which bans virtually all abortions and went into effect Sept. 1. The request to the Supreme Court to block the bill went unanswered and the Court has not yet taken any action in this regard.
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A state judge has so far protected Texas abortion clinics from the demands of an anti-abortion group under a new state abortion law in a narrow ruling on Friday.
Friday’s Maya War Gamble state district judge’s temporary restraining order in Austin in response to Planned Parenthood’s request does not interfere with the provision. However, it protects the clinics from the complaints of the complainant of the nonprofit group Texas Right to Life, its legislative director and 100 unidentified people.
A hearing on a preliminary injunction request was set for Sept. 13.
The law, which went into effect Wednesday, allows any party to sue anyone related to an abortion in which heart activity is detected in the embryo, as early as six weeks of pregnancy, until most women until and they all realize they are pregnant.
In a petition filed Thursday at the end, Planned Parenthood said between 85% and 90% of people who had abortions in Texas go through at least six weeks of pregnancy.
The order “provides protection to the brave health care providers and staff of Planned Parenthood health centers across Texas, who have continued to provide the best possible care within the law as they face surveillance, harassment and threats from vigilantes wishing to stop them. ” Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Helene Krasnoff said in a statement.
However, the order will not deter Texas Right to Life’s efforts, said Elizabeth Graham, the group’s vice president. In a statement, the group said, “We expect an impartial tribunal to reject Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit. Until then, we will continue our diligent efforts to ensure that the abortion industry fully complies” with the new law.