Planned Parenthood and 13 other members of the abortion industry are targeting Texas Right to Life over our advocacy and support for the Texas Heartbeat Act. Judge David Peeples held a hearing today in Van Stean v. Texas Right to Life in Austin, Texas. The legal attacks heard today in court will not block citizens from enforcing the Texas Heartbeat Act, and Planned Parenthood directly admitted that they will not be able to return to business as usual even if the judge rules in their favor.
Pro-abortion attorneys made clear their true motivations for this lawsuit: silencing Texas Right to Life. “Texas Right to Life and John Seago are the biggest threats to Planned Parenthood,” their lawyer stated in today’s hearing. The abortion business’ attorneys argued that a ruling against Texas Right to Life and the Texas Heartbeat Act would have “persuasive power,” meaning the anti-Life ruling could possibly convince other Pro-Life activists, judges, and attorneys not to hold abortionists accountable to the law.
Texas Right to Life Director of Media and Communication Kimberlyn Schwartz responded:
“This is an absolute abuse of the judicial system and turns our courts into shills for the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have not alleged that Texas Right to Life or John Seago have done anything unconstitutional. They’re attacking us because of our beliefs.”
Regardless of the outcome of this hearing, we expect the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court of Texas.
The abortion industry is attempting to punish Texas Right to Life for supporting the Texas Heartbeat Act and having the ability to hold them accountable to the law. We will not be deterred. Texas Right to Life is fully committed to fighting these invalid legal attacks and we are confident that these cases will ultimately be resolved with the rule of law and Pro-Lifers’ constitutional free speech rights upheld.
Founded in 1973, Texas Right to Life is the oldest and largest Pro-Life organization in Texas. Recognized as the statewide leader of the Pro-Life movement in Texas, Texas Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect the rights of the unborn, persons with disabilities, the sick, the elderly, and the vulnerable through legal, peaceful, and prayerful means.