Washington (CNN)The liberal wing of the Supreme Court on Wednesday was sharply critical of a Texas law requiring that doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and clinics upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards.
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller faced a sustained attack from the three women justices on the bench, joined by Justice Stephen Breyer who questioned him about the impact the law would have on poor women living far from the remaining clinics, the medical necessity of the law, the general low risk of the abortion procedure. Justice Elena Kagan, for instance, wondered why higher risk procedures such as colonoscopies didn't require similar upgrades.
Wednesday's oral arguments addressed the most significant abortion case in two decades, and is also the first major controversial case the court has handled since the death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia.
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