Supreme Court Decides Texas Abortion Law Can Stay, For Now

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AUSTIN, TX - JULY 01: Supporters of Texas women's right to reproductive decisions rally at the Texas State capitol on July 1, 2013 in Austin, Texas. This is first day of a second legislative special session called by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to pass an restrictive abortion law through the Texas legislature. The first attempt was defeated after opponents of the law were able to stall the vote until after first special session had ended.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to put a halt to Texas's restrictive abortion law (yes, the one Wendy Davis filibustered against), though there's every chance it will have the opportunity to rule on the law's constitutionality before too long. The decision on Tuesday saw the court voting 5-4 against an emergency application from Planned Parenthood and a few Texas abortion clinics, asking it to halt the law's implementation during the group's challenge, as a lower Texas court did before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated it. But the Fifth Circuit is due to hear arguments in Planned Parenthood's challenge to the law in January, so it may rule the law unconstitutional after that. If it doesn't, though, one can be sure Planned Parenthood and its allies will bring the case to the Supreme Court for official consideration next year.