Samuel A. Alito
Abortion rights activists win Supreme Court order to block Texas rule

The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision Tuesday blocked Texas from enforcing part of an antiabortion law that forced most of the state’s abortion clinics to shut down. The court’s order said the state may not enforce a rule that requires clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. The brief order is a rare victory for abortion rights advocates at the high court. Last year, the court by a 5-4 vote allowed Texas to enforce another part of the law that said clinics must have a doctor with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The new rule, which was recently put into effect, was expected to reduce the number of abortion facilities in the state from 41 to...