Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Texas abortion law as demonstrators rally in DC and Houston

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WASHINGTON, DC –   It’s Texas Independence Day, and the Lone Star state was front and center in Washington, as abortion rights supporters showed up outside the Supreme Court building.

That’s where justices are considering the Texas law requiring abortion clinics meet surgical center standards, and that doctors at those clinics have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.

Some protesters, like lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom Miller, have spent their careers compassionately caring for women needing abortions.

"With the stroke of a pen, the State of Texas tried to take that away from us.  Today, we called on the Supreme Court to step in and help us stand up to those bullies who are trying to control our bodies and our lives."

Several clinics have closed in Texas, which led Planned Parenthood to post a statement on its Website saying a woman’s right to access abortion should not depend on her zip code.

Supporters of the law say it saves lives and protects women’s health.

Some of them turned up outside Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to hold signs and pray that the high court will uphold the law, known as HB2, that became effective in 2013.

“Hopefully, the Supreme Court justices will have the heart to save the babies and let Texas do their job and control their own business,” said Dennis McBride.

The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Texas law.

The Supreme Court is hearing it on appeal.

But Court observers believe justices will be split 4-4, which would leave the law as it is, and set up a possible fight in the Legislature to overturn it.

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