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After setback, abortion-rights backers vow to take appeal of tough Texas law to Supreme Court

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EL PASO, Texas — Abortion-rights lawyers predicted a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appellate judges allowed full implementation of a Texas law that has closed more than 80 percent of the state's abortion clinics.

As of Friday, abortion services for many Texas women now require a round trip of more than 200 miles — or a border-crossing into Mexico or New Mexico.

Lawyers representing some affected clinics vowed to appeal Thursday's decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that allows Texas to fully enforce a sweeping abortion approved by the Republican-controlled legislature last year. They depicted the law — and similar measures proposed in other states — as an unacceptable infringement of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe V. Wade ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion.

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