Obama administration asks top court to reject Texas abortion law

Abortion rights activists protest outside a U.S. federal court in AustinBy Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Texas abortion law that has shuttered nearly half the clinics in the state, saying the Republican-backed regulations would harm rather than protect women’s health. Intervening in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case since 2007, the administration said the new Texas rules for clinics and physicians who perform abortions are far more restrictive than other regulations upheld by the justices over the years.

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