A judge has thrown out a suit by Planned Parenthood trying to stop cities in Texas from declaring themselves pro-life sanctuaries that outlaw abortions.
This week, Northern District of Texas judge James Wesley Hendrix dismissed the abortion mill operators suit against the city of Lubbock. “Because the ability to remedy a plaintiff’s injury through a favorable decision is a prerequisite to a plaintiff’s standing to sue — an ability absent here — the court dismisses the case for lack of jurisdiction,” he wrote in his decision.
Per the Washington Free Beacon:
On May 17, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a lawsuit to stop the Lubbock ordinance from going into effect on June 1. It declared that the city would automatically outlaw abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Lubbock, Texas,” the ordinance says. Lubbock, with a population north of 250,000 people, is the largest city in Texas to adopt such a ban.
The Lubbock ordinance empowers private citizens to sue any abortion providers suspected of performing abortions after the overturning of Roe. This places the responsibility for enforcing the law in the hands of private citizens, not the local government. Hendrix left open the possibility for further legal review of the ordinance but declined to intervene to stop it from taking effect.
Planned Parenthood’s assault on Lubbock’s rules was a test to try and get the other 25 cities in Texas to abandon similar pro-life measures.
Naturally, the baby-killing group vowed to continue fighting.
“Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Texas will continue fighting to ensure that every person in Lubbock has access to the health care they need and deserve, including abortion,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement. “Despite this disappointing ruling, the fight isn’t over. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to overturn this unconstitutional law.”
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