Divided High Court Won’t Block Texas Abortion Restrictions

Law360, Los Angeles (November 19, 2013, 9:07 PM EST) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to vacate the Fifth Circuit's ruling allowing Texas to enforce a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, with the majority finding that the challengers to the provision hadn't shown the lower court committed an error.

The justices voted 5-4 to leave in place the Fifth Circuit's Oct. 31 decision granting an emergency stay of a district court’s ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood on portions of the state's contentious new abortion law. In granting the stay,...
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