Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure

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FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, a man walks in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state’s lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Texas have returned to a federal appeals court to argue that the state should be able to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

Abortion rights groups say the procedure, known as dilation and evacuation, is the safest and most common second-trimester abortion procedure.

Opponents use the nonmedical term “dismemberment abortion” and say it should be outlawed.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans blocked enforcement of the law last year. But a majority of the full 17-member court agreed to a rehearing.

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