Texas Supreme Court further limits challenges to state's restrictive abortion law

Texas Supreme Court further limits challenges to state's restrictive abortion law

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  • CNN — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling that effectively foreclosed the last avenue abortion clinics had to challenge the state’s six-week limit on abortions in their current federal litigation.
  • While dismissing most of a federal lawsuit that sought to preemptively block the law, the US Supreme Court ruled in December that abortion clinics could proceed in their lawsuit against a handful of state licensing board officials.
  • RELATED: Texas abortion seekers flooded out-of-state clinics after six-week ban went into effect However, on Friday, the state Supreme Court said that in its reading the law, known as Senate Bill 8, the officials did not play a direct or indirect role in its enforcement.
  • Pointing to the threat of litigation under the law, Texas clinics have not performed abortions outlawed by SB8, even as abortion rights advocates say the law is plainly unconstitutional under the US Supreme Court precedent that protects abortion rights through fetal viability, a point around 23 weeks into the pregnancy.

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