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Texas court hears challenge to state’s strict abortion ban by women who say they were harmed

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 04 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2863
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The Texas Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, has heard a case challenging the state’s restrictive abortion law by women who say it endangered their health when they had pregnancy complications.

The case, Zurawski v State of Texas, is the first case in which women have sued, claiming they were harmed by the state’s ban on abortion.1 Texas passed SB 8 in September 2021, prohibiting abortion once fetal cardiac activity was detected, effectively banning abortion after six weeks, before …

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