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Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz is on trial for the killing of four women and attacking a fifth.

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent executed four women, all sex workers, in a 2018 vigilante-inspired killing spree along the Texas/Mexico border because “he wanted to clean up the streets,” prosecutors said on the first day of Juan David Ortiz’s trial. Read more»

Whole Women's Health in McAllen, Texas.

Arguing that Texas’ near-total ban on abortion defies the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Biden Justice Department on Monday urged the high court to lift an order that allowed enforcement of the law to continue. Read more»

The Fifth Circuit’s order reinstating the law remains in effect. A three-judge panel will rule on the state’s motion for a stay pending appeal.

The fate of the nation’s most restrictive abortion law is again in the hands of the Fifth Circuit after the Biden Justice Department asked the court to lift a stay “as quickly as possible” days after a federal judge blocked enforcement of the Texas law. Read more»

Since January, there have been a record 97 new laws limiting abortion enacted in 19 states.

The Biden Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging Texas’ near-total abortion ban as an “unconstitutional attack” on women that deprives them of abortion services “in open defiance” of U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Read more»

Between 85 and 90% of abortions take place after a woman reaches six weeks of pregnancy, abortion activists say. The ban makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal from Texas abortion providers who sought to block enforcement of a law allowing private citizens to sue them if they perform the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Read more»