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From KUT: 

A group of abortion providers in Texas announced Tuesday that they filed a federal lawsuit challenging a state ban on abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Earlier this year state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 8, which prohibits Texans from getting an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Experts say that could be as early as six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant.

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UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, Judge James Wesley Hendrix dismissed Planned Parenthood's case agasint the City of Lubbock, citing lack of jurisdiction. Judge James Wesley Hendrix questioned during last week's court hearing whether the federal district court was the right venue for the lawsuit that he said was filed too soon, before the plaintiffs could definitively say the ordinance impacted them. The lawsuit can be re-filed.

Original story: 

Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into a law Wednesday a measure that would prohibit in Texas abortions as early as six weeks — before some women know they are pregnant — and open the door for almost any private citizen to sue abortion providers and others.

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Editor's note: This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more information becomes available. 


Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services is suing the City of Lubbock for what it calls an unconstitutional ordinance that attempts to outlaw abortion.




Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

From Texas Tech Public Media: 

From The Texas Tribune: 

Texas lawmakers are poised to enact sweeping restrictions on access to abortions, prohibiting the procedure before many women know they are pregnant, and opening the door for a potential flood of lawsuits against abortion providers.