In a 5-4 vote, the justices turned away an emergency application asking it to block a Texas law that opponents say prevents a third of the state's clinics from performing abortions. Meanwhile, Albuquerque voters defeated a proposal that would have outlawed most late-term abortions in New Mexico's largest city in the first municipal test of such a measure.
The New York Times: Justices Reject Bid To Block Texas Law On Abortions
The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an emergency application asking it to block a Texas law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital (Liptak, 11/19).
Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Vote Upholds Texas Abortion Law
The Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for Texas to enforce a strict new abortion regulation that opponents say prevents a third of the state's clinics from performing the procedure. The court, in a 5-4 vote, split along ideological lines in turning down an appeal to block the law that abortion rights advocates challenged as unconstitutional (Savage, 11/19).
Bloomberg: Texas Abortion Restrictions Allowed By U.S. Supreme Court
A divided U.S. Supreme Court let Texas enforce a law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, a measure that prompted at least a dozen clinics to close. On a 5-4 vote, the justices yesterday left intact a federal appeals court decision that said the law could go into effect during a legal fight over its constitutionality. Abortion clinics had asked the Supreme Court to block the law (Stohr, 11/20).
Reuters: Voters In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Defeat Measure To Limit Abortions
Voters in Albuquerque defeated a proposal on Tuesday that would have outlawed most late-term abortions in New Mexico's largest city in the first test of such a measure on a municipal ballot in the United States. The measure, which would have barred doctors within city limits from performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless a mother's life was in danger, was rejected 55 percent to 45 percent (Pollon, 11/20).