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US Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of restrictive Texas abortion law

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3602 (Published 28 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3602
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

In a victory for supporters of abortion rights, the US Supreme Court has struck down provisions of a Texas state law that would have closed all but a few abortion clinics in the state.

The ruling1 is seen as a reaffirmation of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe versus Wade decision that found that a woman had a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy in the weeks before a fetus is viable.

The decision would also help legal challenges to similar laws that have been passed in more than two dozen states which have made obtaining an abortion increasingly difficult.

At issue in the case before the court were two provisions in a 2013 Texas law.2 …

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