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Ruling closes 12 Texas abortion clinics

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AUSTIN, Texas — A third of Texas’ abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women’s rights.

At least 12 Texas abortion clinics have been closed since October, after a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital to take effect.

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