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POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:14pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:38am

Abortion restrictions in Texas will stay in effect after the Supreme Court rejected a case to hold off on the new law.  

At the heart of the argument is a part of the law that says doctors performing abortions in Texas must have admitting rights to a nearby hospital.  A federal judge in Austin blocked the law, but an appeals court allowed the law to go into effect.  

Abortion rights groups asked the Supreme Court to keep the abortion restrictions from going through until it appealed.  After the Supreme Court decision, the new law will return to the fifth court of appeals in January.  

"The 5th Circuit has placed this case on its expedited calendar which means that the period of time in which it will take for the case to be heard will be greatly shortened," said UTPA lecturer Jimmy Gleason. "Which will significantly reduce the length of time until we get a decision." 

The abortion restrictions will force the two abortion clinics in the Valley to close. 

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