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Fifth Cir. Asked to Send Texas Abortion Law for State Court Look

Dec. 17, 2021, 3:11 PM

Texas administrative officials asked the Fifth Circuit to let the Texas Supreme Court decide if they can be sued to stop enforcement of a law that prohibits abortion after about six weeks’ gestation—before many people even know they’re pregnant.

Abortion in Texas ground to a halt because of the law known as S.B. 8, which the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to remain in effect earlier this month. It’s currently the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation, though several states are considering copycat bills.

In that same decision, the nation’s top court ruled that abortion providers challenging the law couldn’t sue ...