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Supreme Court says Texas abortion providers may proceed with challenge of six-week ban, leaves law in effect for now

By Robert Barnes Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Friday left in place a Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks, but it provided a path for abortion providers to challenge what is the nation’s most restrictive law on the procedure.

The court’s splintered decision allows the providers to return to a district judge who once blocked the law, saying it violated the constitutional right to abortion.

That restarts the legal process that has seen the law remain in effect since Sept. 1, when the Supreme Court refused to step in to block it.

Eight justices said the abortion providers may bring the challenge. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for himself and the court’s three liberals, said the district judge should act quickly.

“Given the ongoing chilling effect of the state law, the District Court should resolve this litigation and enter appropriate relief without delay,” Roberts wrote.

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