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.
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.