Voters in Lubbock, Texas, who backed an ordinance that bans abortion, received two rounds of good news Tuesday: first when Planned Parenthood announced it was no longer performing abortions in the city and second when a federal judge dismissed the organization’s lawsuit.
It went into effect Tuesday. Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, said in a statement Tuesday that its Lubbock clinic was not performing abortions.
“Due to the controversial ordinance passed on May 1, Lubbock residents are currently required to travel to access a safe, legal abortion,” the statement said, according to EverythingLubbock.com. The statement listed services the clinic currently performs but said abortions will be performed only “when legally permissible.”
“The ban on abortion violates patients’ constitutional right to an abortion and we’re in court to block this ban for Lubbock patients,” the statement said.
But Planned Parenthood did not receive the favorable ruling it desired.
Late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix dismissed Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the city. Hendrix was nominated by President Trump.
“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,” Hendrix wrote, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
The state court, he argued, is a more appropriate venue for the lawsuit.
The ordinance could be overturned any day on appeal or in state court. For now, though, abortion is banned in Lubbock.
Texas Right to Life said the ordinance will “save countless lives in West Texas.”
“Lubbock is by far the largest city in America to pass this ordinance which outlaws ALL elective abortions within the city limits, by imposing civil liabilities on abortion providers,” Texas Right to Life said in a statement. “Lubbock is also the first city with a major university, Texas Tech University, and the first with an active abortion facility to pass the ordinance.”
The following is from Pro Life Across America
- 18 days from conception, heart begins to beat, with the baby’s own blood.
- 28 days from conception a baby has eyes, ears, and even a tongue!
- 28 days from conception: Muscles are developing along the future spine. Arms and legs are budding.
- 30 days: Child has grown 10,000 times to 6-7mm (1/4”) long. Brain has human proportions. Blood flows in veins.
- 42 days: Skeleton is formed. Brain coordinates movement of muscles and organs. Reflex responses have begun.
- 42 days: Brain waves can be detected, the jaw forms, including teeth and taste buds. The unborn baby begins to swallow amniotic fluid. Fingers and toes are developing.
- 45 days from conception: The unborn baby is making body movements, a full 12 weeks before the mother may notice such stirrings. By seven weeks the chest and abdomen are fully formed. Swimming with a natural swimmer’s stroke in the amniotic fluid, the baby now looks like a miniature human infant.
- 44-45 days: Buds of milk teeth appear, and the unborn baby’s facial muscles develop. Eyelids begin to form, protecting the developing eyes. Elbows take shape. Internal organs are present, but immature. 99% of muscles are present, each with its own nerve supply.
- 52 Days: Spontaneous movement begins. The unborn baby then develops a whole collection of moves over the next 4 weeks including hiccuping, frowning, squinting, furrowing the brow, pursing the lips, moving individual arms and legs, head turning, touching his/her face, breathing (without air), stretching, opening the mouth, yawning and sucking. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalms 139:14-16