Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor frequently sparred with Texas’s state solicitor general Scott Keller who argued that extra precautions are necessary to protect Texas women from possible complications from abortion.

They cited research that showed over one million women would be unduly burdened by so few clinics in the state and questioned why abortion was being singled out while other more risky outpatient procedures, like colonoscopies and liposuction, were not, reports Charlotte Alter.

Without the late Justice Scalia’s vote, the court could split 4-4. If so, the Texas law will go into effect and similar laws in 24 other states will be allowed to stand.

Read more at TIME



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