Breitbart News reports that Planned Parenthood has secured a rare emergency temporary restraining order (TRO) in a suit against Texas Right to Life, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision not to block the new bill prohibiting abortion after six weeks.
“The Court finds that S.B. 8 creates a probable, irreparable, and imminent injury in the interim for which Plaintiffs and their physicians, staff, and patients throughout Texas have no adequate remedy at law if Plaintiffs, their physicians, and staff are subjected to private enforcement lawsuits against them under S.B. 8,” wrote Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of the District Court in Travis County, in her order.
“Money damages are insufficient to undo the injury to Plaintiffs, their physicians, and staff if the Defendants are not enjoined from instituting private enforcement lawsuits against Plaintiff under SB8,” the order continues. “The Court further finds that granting this request preserves the status quo preceding this controversy and follows precedent from the Supreme Court of Texas.”
The temporary restraining order will last until September 17. A hearing for a preliminary injunction has been set for September 13.
Meanwhile, this headline from Salon.com sums up the opposition to the Texas “heartbeat” law: “Why Satanists may be the last, best hope to save abortion rights in Texas.”