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Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law from taking effect

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law from taking effect

The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on staff who have admitting privileges at a local hospital. But in part because of the strong opposition to abortion, doctors have been unable to obtain those privileges in large parts of the state. The law also requires these clinics to meet the standards of an outpatient surgery center. The combination of the two rules was expected to close all but nine of the state’s abortion clinics. There were 41 clinics operating before the...

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