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US Supreme Court allows abortion providers to challenge Texas law

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Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Friday allowed abortion providers to pursue legal challenges to a near-total ban on abortions in Texas, but let the state’s controversial law remain in effect for now. Eight of the nine justices on the conservative-leaning court agreed that lawsuits filed by abortion providers against the Texas law may proceed in federal court, with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas as the exception. The “Texas Heartbeat Act” bans abortion after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant, and is the most restrictive law passed in the United States since …

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