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The Texas Supreme Court recently rejected a petition seeking clarification on the state’s strict abortion ban. In a unanimous decision, the court upheld the existing medical exceptions in the ban, stating that they are broad enough to withstand a constitutional challenge. A group of women who were denied abortions under the state’s law filed a lawsuit in March, arguing that the ban’s language regarding medical exceptions is unclear, thereby denying them lifesaving care.

The six-week abortion ban in Texas permits a pregnancy that threatens the life of the mother or risks impairing a major bodily function as its limited medical exception. However, the state high court ruled that a physician can address the risk before a woman experiences the consequences of that risk, contrary to the plaintiffs’ claims. The ruling also stated that the law does not require a woman’s death to be imminent or that she first suffer physical impairment.

In the case of Zurawski v. Texas, at least 20 women who suffered medical emergencies, two doctors, and the Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the state’s strict abortion ban. The lawsuit sought clarification on what qualifies as a medical exemption but was overturned by the Texas Supreme Court, which said it “departed from the law as-written without constitutional justification.”

One plaintiff, Amanda Zurawski, was incorrectly denied an abortion when her water broke at 17 weeks and the fetus still had a heartbeat. She was sent home but subsequently went into septic shock and had to have the abortion days later. The infection caused one of her fallopian tubes to close, making it harder for her to conceive. The court’s ruling said that the law does not require a woman to surrender her life or suffer severe bodily injury before an abortion may be performed.

The Texas Legislature amended the law to provide a legal defense for doctors who perform abortions in response to diagnoses like Zurawski’s, but abortion rights advocates claim it did not sufficiently clarify the law. In another case, Kate Cox filed an emergency lawsuit seeking an injunction to the law when she found out that her pregnancy was unlikely to end with a healthy baby, and continuing the pregnancy put her at risk of severe complications that threatened her life and future fertility.

The Texas Medical Board is considering proposed guidelines on how it investigates complaints about prohibited abortions. Public comment is being considered ahead of a planned June meeting where the issue could be decided.