In an attempt to temporarily block Texas Right to Life and associates from suing abortion providers under the abortion ban that went into effect this week, Planned Parenthood affiliates filed for a temporary restraining order against them.
The filing claims Texas Right to Life’s “threatened implementation of the six-week ban and its enforcement scheme, as well as S.B. 8’s fee-shifting provision, would cause imminent, irreparable injury” to Planned Parenthood providers and workers.
S.B. 8 prohibits the state from enforcing the ban but allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion. Texas Right to Life has been at the forefront of the push for civilians to enforce the ban and has launched a website for people to submit claims that they know someone who gave or aided an abortion after the baby’s heartbeat has been detected.
“Anti-abortion activists are already staking out our health centers, surveilling our providers, and threatening our patients,” Helene Krasnoff, vice president for public policy litigation and law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America claimed in a recent statement. “The physicians, nurses, and clinic staff at Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas — and at abortion providers statewide — deserve to come to work without fear of harassment or frivolous lawsuits.”
The law went into effect at midnight Wednesday after the Supreme Court failed to respond to abortion providers’ request for an emergency injunction while the law is being challenged in courts. The Supreme Court later issued an unsigned order refusing to block the law [MSN].