NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of a Texas requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as the state's ambulatory surgical centers.
A federal judge had said the requirement - part of broad abortion legislation passed in Texas in 2013 - is an unconstitutional obstacle to abortion access.
Texas officials defending the law say its purpose is to improve health by raising the standards of care.
Wednesday morning's arguments are before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.