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Clash Over Texas Abortion Law Tests State’s Post-Roe Legal Reach

Demonstrators march towards the Texas Capitol building in Austin, Texas, on May 5. 

Demonstrators march towards the Texas Capitol building in Austin, Texas, on May 5. 

Photographer: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg

A lawsuit to stop Texas from using its abortion laws to ban support for residents seeking the procedure elsewhere spotlights one of the biggest unsettled legal questions around abortion access.

The complaint, filed Aug. 23 in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas by a group of nonprofit funds, a volunteer support organization, and a Texas physician, alleges that Texas’s threats to enforce its abortion laws against supporters or facilitators of out-of-state abortions violates individuals’ rights to travel across state lines for the procedure, among other allegations.