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Texas Right to Life is being sued by a pro-abort attorney. The largest pro-life organization in the Lone Star State is leading the charge against the Culture of Death and, as Church Militant's Trey Blanton reports, will not back down.
North Texas lawyer Michelle Tuegel filed a lawsuit yesterday to prevent enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act. The pro-life law empowers citizens to sue abortionists and their enablers if the abortion involves a child with a heartbeat.
According to Rebecca Parma, legislative associate for Texas Right to Life, "What it's trying to do is block us from filing lawsuits under Senate Bill 8. What these highlight is that the abortion industry is freaking out. They don't know how to deal with the unique enforcement mechanism under Texas' Heartbeat Act."
The law takes effect Sept. 1. But Texas Right to Life has already launched a campaign to coordinate citizens who want to join the pro-life effort or provide a tip. In addition to suing the pro-life organization, specific people have also been named in the lawsuit, including John Seago, the legislative director for Texas Right to Life, Texas governor Greg Abbott, State Senator Bryan Hughes and State Representative Shelby Slawson.
Parma concludes, "I think the reason, though, that we are specifically mentioned is because we are spearheading, specifically this website Prolifewhistleblowers.com that is working to connect us with the attorneys, with the citizens who want to be involved."
Faux-life organizations, like Texas Alliance for Life, raise money for the pro-life movement but do not advocate for effective laws like the Heartbeat Act. They are not named in the lawsuit, along with other so-called pro-life organizations, including the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, whose policy of opposition against Texas Right to Life is stronger than their opposition to abortion.
The Texas Heartbeat Act uses the same enforcement mechanism as the Sanctuary City for the Unborn initiative, which has already survived lawsuits from abortionists.