The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear a challenge to a 2013 Texas law that has already forced the closure of more than half of the state's 40 clinics that perform abortions and could result in the closure of a dozen more.

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Yesterday, a new undercover video was released by the anti-abortion group targeting Planned Parenthood. Shot in Austin, the video shows a doctor describing methods used to perform later-term abortions.

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Earlier this week, as the state of Texas moved to kick Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program, Gov. Greg Abbott hinted there might be more to come.

Report: Abortion Restrictions Led to Longer Wait Times

Oct 5, 2015
Ben Philpott / KUT Public Radio

Wait times to get an abortion in Texas have grown in some metropolitan areas, a trend that could be felt statewide if the U.S. Supreme Court allows the strictest provision of the state’s 2013 abortion law to take effect. That's according to a new report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

In a landmark encyclical, Pope Francis spoke out about climate change: He thinks it’s man-made. He’s also spoken about income inequality and offered forgiveness to women who have had abortions.

Those are views normally out of step with more conservative Catholics. But a new poll from The New York Times and CBS News says the pope is becoming more popular, even among conservatives.