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US Supreme Court Case On Texas Abortion Law Could End Up In Tie

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear its first abortion case since 2007 and first major case since Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

By Melissa Prax | March 2, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Texas abortion case Wednesday — the first abortion case the court has heard since 2007. 

With the absence of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, the court could rule either way, or even end up in a 4-4 split. 

The case surrounds a 2013 Texas law, which initially closed many of Texas' abortion clinics. If upheld, about half of Texas' remaining abortion clinics would be closed. 

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The law requires that abortion clinics meet hospital-level standards and says doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges at local hospitals.  Clinics in the state say these requirements are unnecessary. 

In the event of a 4-4 split, the Texas law would stay in effect. A decision is expected in June.

This video includes clips from The Texas TribuneKXANCenter for Reproductive Rights and an image from Roberts Court

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