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Pro-abortion rights protesters and anti-abortion protesters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington.

Pro-abortion rights protesters and anti-abortion protesters rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington.

Susan Walsh

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case out of Texas.

That state passed new regulations on clinics that provide abortions. The clinics will have to meet tough new equipment and construction standards, among other things. A group that runs four clinics in the state has sued.

The basis for the Texas law is the idea that women should get an extra level of protection. That’s a legal concept that has some basis in an Oregon case from over a hundred years ago.

Emily Bazelon made that connection in a recent issue of the

New York Times Magazine

.

She spoke with Morning Edition host Geoff Norcross about the case and the Oregon history behind it.

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