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Strict Texas Abortion Laws Upheld in Federal Court

New laws in Texas that have forced almost 20 abortion-providing clinics across the state to close have been upheld by a federal appeals court. Overturning a lower court’s decision that ruled that the laws unconstitutionally limited access to abortion in the state, New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges wrote, “on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman.” As scheduled, even more restrictions will be put in place later this year. The measures were the subject of intense debate in the state and gained national attention after Sen. Wendy Davis staged a day-long filibuster in an attempt to block the vote. Planned Parenthood had sued to stop the law from taking effect, and said that they once again plan to appeal—this time to the Supreme Court …

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