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Texas Supreme Court will decide if the state's abortion ban causes harm to patients and doctors

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Texas Supreme Court to decide harm of abortion law

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning over whether a medical exemption in the state’s strict abortion ban is too vague to help people with life-threatening pregnancy complications.

Now the justices must decide whether to allow a temporary injunction on Senate Bill 8, the 2021 law that bans abortions in Texas after cardiac activity in the fetus — about six weeks of pregnancy — except in medical emergencies.

SB 8 opens physicians who facilitate an abortion outside of emergency conditions to civil liability. The Supreme Court's 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade triggered another Texas law that made performing abortions a felony.

The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday morning from the state attorney general's office and the Center for Reproductive Rights, represented by attorney Molly Duane, who argued the plaintiffs — a group of patients and two medical professionals — want clarity so Texas patients and physicians like them can avoid facing harsh consequences for facilitating necessary abortions.

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