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A new Texas law will go into effect on Wednesday that will ban abortions at six weeks and allow for civil suits against those who assist pregnant women to violate the law.

And now abortion providers are asking the Supreme Court to block the ban.

Opponents of the law say it is a part of a new wave of laws put forward by states hostile to abortion rights with the goal of making it more difficult for courts to step in and block a law before it goes into effect.
The case comes as the justices have already agreed to consider a Mississippi law during their upcoming term that bars most abortions at 15 weeks.
A statement from the Center for Reproductive Rights says the law overturns a landmark Supreme Court case.
Texas politicians will have effectively overturned Roe v. Wade," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.
Supporters of abortion rights say the Mississippi and Texas laws are a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 opinion legalizing abortion nationwide prior to viability, which can occur at around 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Under the Texas law, abortion is prohibited when a fetal heartbeat is detected and there is no exception for rape or incest, although there is an exemption for "medical emergencies."
The story goes on to say that in addition to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the lawsuit includes state judges and clerks along with the director of Right to Life East Texas Mark Lee Dickson.

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