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Texas is one of 37 states that requires parental consent for abortion. If minors can’t get that, they have to go through a legal process that means most would miss the six-week deadline.
The federal government is asking a judge in Texas to block the state’s six-week abortion ban. Its argument could hold up, legal experts say.
Some experts see the existence of the law as a tool to threaten groups that are already vulnerable to disproportionate punishment.