Abortion providers ask Supreme Court to ease pandemic-related ban

Abortion rights advocates asked the Supreme Court on Saturday night to overturn part of the Texas governor's sweeping ban on abortions during the coronavirus pandemic - the first of similar restrictions to reach the high court.

Texas and several Republican-led states that have long led the legal battle to restrict abortion have sought to cut off access as the health crisis escalated in recent weeks, contending the procedure would drain medical resources. The new petition to the Supreme Court sets up a key test of how the more conservative roster of judges will address the right to an abortion established in Roe v. Wade.

The justices are essentially being asked whether states can override longstanding federal protections around abortion in the name of public health during a pandemic.

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