Bloomberg Law
Jan. 27, 2022, 11:28 PM

Abortion Provider’s Standing Top Question in Six-Week Ban Suit

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

The Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments Thursday in an atypical case where South Carolina, instead of defending the constitutionality of a law banning abortions at about six weeks, argued that a provider lacked the ability to sue.

Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit signaled that they’re unlikely to kick Planned Parenthood South Atlantic out of court based on a lack of standing, but they seemed open to the possibility of saving some provisions of the multi-part law.

The oral arguments before the federal appeals court came just six months before the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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