First Major Abortion Case in Over a Decade Goes to the Supreme Court

At issue is a Texas law requiring abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet standards for surgical centers.
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Back here at home now and if the Supreme Court tonight and to the first major abortion case in almost a decade. And the first since the court lost justice Antonin Scalia. It centers on a case in Texas that has already forced clinics to close and could force even more to close down as well. On the steps of the High Court today abortion foes facing off against abortion rights supporters. Of course that split inside the court to now would only eight justices. ABC's Mary groups at the Supreme Court. The debate over abortion came roaring back to the Supreme Court. As the justices hear what could be the most influential abortion case in 25 years. Outside court writing. Read my. Or. At issue a Texas law requiring abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet standards for surgical centers such as wider hallways to a comedy Gurney. Eyes not a out whether or. It's about making certain that their lives and everybody state. Clinics say the law is not about women's health but rather designed to put them out of business there's all her and it's to prevent leaning and accepting thief who works there. Half of the State's abortion clinics have closed if the laws upheld opponents say ten or fewer clinics will remain in a state of 27 million people. Just weeks after the death of Justice Scalia a longtime abortion though all eyes on swing vote Justice Kennedy who today suggested he might want more evident on the large impact. And Mary Bruce with a slide from the Supreme Court tonight and with the death of Justice Scalia of course the possibility Mary of a tie in this case. That's right David and a tight here would mean at that Texas law is upheld but the one thing Justice Kennedy suggested today. He may want to send this case back to a lower court which would punt on the question of whether other states to enact similar laws date every Bruce live at the Supreme Court tonight Mary thank you.

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