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Texas court rejects legal challenge by women denied abortions for dangerous pregnancies

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 03 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1216
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The Texas Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a challenge to the state’s strict abortion ban by 22 women who claimed they were denied abortions in medical emergencies.1

In 2021 Texas banned abortions after cardiac activity could be detected, usually at about six weeks of pregnancy. The US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion in June 2022 and left decisions to the states.2 Around half of the 50 US states ban or severely limit abortion.

Exceptions to the Texas ban were permitted …

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