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Texas judge issues temporary restraining order, impedes new pro-life legislation

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 29: Attendees grab signs at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Thousands of protesters came out in response to a new bill outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected signed on Wednesday by Texas Governor Greg Abbot. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 8:14 PM PT – Saturday, September 4, 2021

A Texas county judge issued a temporary order halting a pro-life organization from abiding by Texas’ new pro-life law that aims to enforce a new six-week abortion ban. On Friday, Judge Maya Gamble placed a temporary restraining order against the Texas Right to Life in favor of three Planned Parenthood affiliates.

The restraining order essentially prevents the Texas Right to Life group from helping to enforce the new pro-life laws in Texas that bans abortions after six weeks. The order is due to expire on Sept. 17, although experts say this may just be the first in many efforts to block the new Texas law.

The order “offers protection to the brave health care providers and staff at Planned Parenthood health centers throughout Texas, who have continued to offer care as best they can within the law while facing surveillance, harassment and threats from vigilantes eager to stop them,” said a Planned Parenthood spokesperson.

Texas’s abortion ban is in effect. It’s a brutal policy that allows and incentivizes ANY member of the public to sue ANYONE who helps a patient get an abortion in TX after 6 wks of pregnancy. Texans need us — and attacks aren’t stopping with TX. Join us: https://t.co/ZN8Bv5IxVa pic.twitter.com/L3Gkt15L5L

— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) September 1, 2021

Meanwhile, Vice President of Texas Right to Life Elizabeth Graham noted, “Planned Parenthood can keep suing us, but Texas Right to Life will never back down from protecting pregnant women and preborn children from abortion.”

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