In a narrow judgment handed down on Friday, a Texas state judge temporarily protected Texas abortion facilities from litigation by an anti-abortion group under new state legislation.
The statute is unaffected by the interim restraining order issued by state district judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to a Planned Parenthood request.
It does, however, protect clinics against lawsuits brought by Texas Right to Life, its legislative director, and 100 unnamed individuals.
The new Texas legislation permits anybody, anywhere to sue anyone related to an abortion in which heart activity was found in the embryo: as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women even realize they are pregnant.
Planned Parenthood claimed in a petition filed late Thursday that roughly 85 percent to 90 percent of patients who get abortions in Texas are at least six weeks pregnant.