Expecting that one side or the other will quickly take the dispute on to the Supreme Court, lawyers for abortion doctors and clinics in Texas on Friday asked a federal appeals court to rule by next Friday on the next step in the case. The challengers to new abortion restrictions are seeking to delay a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that the lawyers said will lead to the closing of ten of the nineteen clinics now operating in the state. They want that ruling put on hold during any appeal to the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit upheld most of the new limits on abortion clinic operations, and that decision is now scheduled to go into effect July 1. On Thursday, the appeals court asked the clinics’ lawyers to