Judge dismisses Planned Parenthood lawsuit against abortion ban in Texas
A Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenging an abortion ban in the city of Lubbock, Texas, has been dismissed in federal court on Tuesday due to “lack of jurisdiction.”
Judge James Wesley Hendrix of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas declared that Planned Parenthood does not have standing to sue the city of Lubbock, because “the ability to remedy a plaintiff’s injury through a favorable decision” is “absent.”
On the 1st of May, voters in Lubbock passed a “sanctuary city for the unborn” ordinance by about 62 to 37 per cent, stating, “Abortion at all times and at all stages of pregnancy is declared to be an act of murder.”
The “sanctuary city” ordinance declares it unlawful “to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Lubbock, Texas,” or “to knowingly aid or abet” such an abortion.
Providing transportation to an abortion facility, giving instructions on how to self-administer an abortion, and helping to pay for an abortion all fall under the ordinance’s definition of aiding an abortion.
While the ordinance allows surviving relatives of aborted preborn babies to sue abortion providers for punitive and compensatory damages, including for emotional distress, penalties can “under no circumstance” be “imposed on the mother of the unborn child that has been aborted.”