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U.S. Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion ban

The justices on a 5-4 vote denied an emergency request by abortion and women's health providers for an injunction barring enforcement of the ban.
The justices on a 5-4 vote denied an emergency request by abortion and women's health providers for an injunction barring enforcement of the ban.
Image: REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block a Texas ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, dealing a major blow to abortion rights and allowing a law prohibiting the vast majority of abortions in the state that took effect on Wednesday to remain in place.

The justices on a 5-4 vote denied an emergency request by abortion and women's health providers for an injunction barring enforcement of the ban while litigation continues in their lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

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