Appeals court detours Texas abortion ban case to state Supreme Court


A divided federal appeals court panel Monday rebuffed Texas abortion clinics’ plea to send what remains of their challenge against the state’s privately enforced abortion ban back to the lower court that previously blocked the law, instead directing the case to the Texas Supreme Court for further interpretation.

The move by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals effectively prolongs the litigation over the unusual anti-abortion statute, leaving in place a law that has led to a dramatic reduction in the number of abortions performed

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