Updated Nov. 12, 4 p.m.:
State attorneys filed a response on Tuesday to abortion providers’ request for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the ongoing legal battle over the constitutionality of Texas' new regulations on the procedure.
Abortion providers on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a lower federal court’s injunction that blocked Texas from implementing strict new abortion rules, which the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted. Justice Antonin Scalia, who is considering the plaintiffs' request, ordered the state to respond by Nov. 12.
“The applicants focus almost exclusively on their claim that ‘approximately 20,000 Texas ...