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Supreme Court Hears Historic Case That Could Seal Fate Of Roe v. Wade

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/03/2016 Cristian Farias
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a major abortion rights case that could forever define whether Roe v. Wade is good law, or merely dead letter without practical effect.

Justices heard 85 minutes of contentious arguments -- 25 minutes over the usual one-hour limit.

Without the vote of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month, the decision for Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt could be split 4 to 4. Should this happen, a Texas law called HB 2 will continue curtailing access to legal abortions for women in the state and a national precedent on reproductive rights won't be set.

With the potential for a split court, all eyes were on Justice Anthony Kennedy -- whose vote was widely considered to be pivotal, and who has a polarizing record on a woman's right to choose to end a pregnancy.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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