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Abortion Clinic Restrictions Get U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny

  • Court to review Texas law that could close 30-plus clinics
  • Ruling will be high court's first on abortion since 2007
Anti-abortion activists take part in the annual March for Life rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 2015, in Washington.

Anti-abortion activists take part in the annual March for Life rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 2015, in Washington.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on abortion rights for the first time in almost a decade after agreeing to decide whether Texas is violating the Constitution with a law that may close three-quarters of the state’s clinics.

The case will determine how much leeway the government has to regulate clinics in the name of protecting women’s health, when the effect is to leave some patients hundreds of miles away from the nearest provider.