AUSTIN, September 27, 2013 ( – Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit to stop the health provisions of the historic Texas law banning abortion after 20 weeks.

The lawsuit, Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, does not challenge the limit but instead asks the court to invalidate a section that requires abortion facilities to meet the same health standards as other surgical units.


“The abortion crowd knows that they can't win arguments about killing babies who feel pain, but these extremists are desperate to keep playing fast and loose with women's health, resisting all increased health and safety standards required by House Bill 2,” said Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life, in a press release.

She believes that means the law, which Governor Rick Perry signed after a filibuster from Wendy Davis and disruption from pro-abortion protesters this summer, will sap the abortion provider's profits.

“By leaving alone the Preborn Pain section of House Bill 2 and challenging the clinic regulations of the bill, the abortion industry is signaling some major losses when House Bill 2 is properly implemented,” Graham said. “Never before have Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the Center for Reproductive Rights joined their anti-life forces in such an orchestrated manner, indicating that House Bill 2 will significantly impact the bottom line of the abortionists' blood money.”

The lawsuit names state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. 

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