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Supreme Court Blocks Texas From Enforcing Parts Of Abortion Law

The back and forth legal wrangling over Texas’ controversial 2013 abortion law continued Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from enforcing a key provision of the law, which had effectively closed all but a handful of health clinics in Texas providing abortions. The Justices granted a request to suspend a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit […]

The back and forth legal wrangling over Texas’ controversial 2013 abortion law continued Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from enforcing a key provision of the law, which had effectively closed all but a handful of health clinics in Texas providing abortions. The Justices granted a request to suspend a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which, in turn, overturned a district court ruling. Got all that?

At the heart of the legal dispute is a requirement in the law for health clinics providing abortions to upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of outpatient surgery centers. Thirteen such clinics shut down Oct. 3 following the ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

We discuss the latest developments with Nicole Casarez, visiting professor of constitutional law at the University of Houston Law Center.

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