- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Abortion rights demonstrators assembled outside the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans before of the start of a second hearing about the Texas law restricting abortions.

Bill Lambert of Houston, one of the Texas demonstrators, was making signs. One read, “Rural Texas Women Need Choices.”

A federal appeals court has already upheld parts of the law, but Friday’s hearing is about an even tougher part of the same law, which requires all abortion clinics to adopt costly standards mandated for walk-in surgical clinics.

Texas currently has about 20 abortion providers, down from more than 40 two years ago, according to groups that sued the state.

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