States rights vs. access at heart of abortion case


The Supreme Court is expected to rule next year on a years-long debate on the power of state legislatures to regulate abortion.

The court decided Friday to take up a challenge to a 2013 Texas law that requires abortion clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements and force doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The question is whether the law is a far-reaching obstacle to providing abortion services or a state trying to improve care for women getting the procedure.

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The stakes are high, as several other states are pursuing similar measures. Some states, such as Oklahoma and Alabama, have tried to pass similar laws but have been blocked by the courts.

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