Texas abortion providers ask Supreme Court to act fast

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A group of abortion rights organizations and providers filed a federal lawsuit July 13 seeking to block enforcement of a recently passed Texas law that would allow private citizens to sue individuals thought to have assisted in violating the state's so-called heartbeat ban.

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion providers are again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a new state law banning most abortions. The request filed Thursday comes weeks after the deeply divided court allowed the law to take effect. Abortion providers say it has resulted in women traveling hundreds of miles to get an abortion. They say out-of-state clinics are backlogged with patients from Texas. The Texas law is the nation’s biggest curb to abortion rights since the court announced in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that women have a constitutional right to abortion. 

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