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Texas Abortion Restrictions

Texas lawmakers’ novel approach to skirting Roe v. Wade leaves abortion rights advocates without a legal playbook

Most abortions previously performed in the state are now outlawed through a mechanism that makes providers and those who help people get abortions subject to lawsuits. That unique approach has so far allowed Texas to flout Roe v. Wade and other legal rulings, experts say.

Nurse Practitioner Barber Anika with a patient at the Legacy Community Health Center in Houston on Aug. 2, 2013.

Several legal avenues

The Supreme Court's decision

The “shadow docket”

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