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Court petitions to block Texas abortion law

Abortion rights groups are petitioning the Supreme Court to block the enforcement of a Texas law that could stop abortion services at many clinics.

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In an emergency application Monday, groups representing Texas abortion providers urged the court to reinstate an injunction issued last month by a federal judge.

That order would have blocked a provision of Texas law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, part of a larger package of anti-abortion rights measures.

The federal judge ruled that the requirement places an "undue burden" on women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. Many clinics would likely stop providing abortion services, forcing patients to travel several hours on multiple days to obtain a procedure.

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