Texas Supreme Court Refuses Planned Parenthood’s Demand to Block Texas Abortion Ban

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 5, 2021   |   9:40AM   |   Austin, Texas

The billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood just lost another attempt to block the Texas heartbeat law in court, meaning babies will continue to be saved from abortion violence.

On Monday, the Texas Supreme Court refused the abortion chain’s request to allow its lawsuit to proceed, the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Right to Life, one of the parties named in the lawsuit, celebrated the ruling.

“We are thankful that Planned Parenthood’s attempt to shortcut the normal process of litigation was again denied,” said Kimberlyn Schwartz, media and communication director for the pro-life organization.

Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, also have ruled against pro-abortion groups’ requests to block the Texas law thus far. Though the court battle is far from over, the law currently is in effect. Texas Right to Life estimates approximately 3,000 babies have been saved from violent abortion deaths since September.

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The Texas heartbeat law went into effect Sept. 1, prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Unique from other states, the Texas law includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law and those who help them.

Texas is the first state to be allowed to enforce a heartbeat law, but pro-abortion groups and the Biden administration have filed multiple lawsuits against it. A federal judge heard arguments from the Biden administration’s Department of Justice on Friday, and a ruling is expected soon.

The case before the Texas Supreme Court on Monday involved 14 lawsuits from Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups seeking to block Texas Right to Life and others from enforcing the law. Last week, Planned Parenthood appealed to the court after a Texas Multidistrict Litigation Panel paused all 14 lawsuits from advancing in court in September, according to the Tribune.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in the U.S. Its most recent annual report showed more than 354,000 abortions, or about 40 percent of all abortions in the country that year.

Right now, most abortion facilities in Texas have stopped aborting unborn babies altogether because of the heartbeat law. A few still are aborting unborn babies up to about six weeks of pregnancy when the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics. That means the new Texas law is saving as many as 100 babies’ lives every single day.

While abortion activists say some women are traveling to other states for abortions, they admit that others are having their babies instead. Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babiesensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.

In September, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Planned Parenthood’s and other pro-abortion groups’ request to temporarily block the Texas law. A few weeks ago, a federal judge refused to grant the Biden administration’s request to do the same.

About a dozen states have passed heartbeat laws to protect unborn babies from abortion, but Texas is the first to be allowed to enforce its law. Whether the law will remain in effect or ultimately be upheld as constitutional in court remains uncertain, but pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.