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  • Amy Hagstrom Miller, second from right, founder of Whole Woman's Health, a Texas women's health clinic that provides abortions, leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, with Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup, far right, as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state. The case is Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

    Amy Hagstrom Miller, second from right, founder of Whole Woman's Health, a Texas women's health clinic that provides abortions, leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, with Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup, far right, as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state. The case is Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
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  • Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of Whole Woman's Health, a Texas women's health clinic that provides abortions, rejoices as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state. The case is Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

    Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of Whole Woman's Health, a Texas women's health clinic that provides abortions, rejoices as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state. The case is Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
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  • Lucy Ceballos, center, and Isabella Soto, left, members of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas' abortion restrictions in front of Whole Woman's Health Monday, June 27, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. Whole Woman's Health is a abortion provider that stayed open despite the restrictions as many other providers closed over the past two years.  (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)

    Lucy Ceballos, center, and Isabella Soto, left, members of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas' abortion restrictions in front of Whole Woman's Health Monday, June 27, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. Whole Woman's Health is a abortion provider that stayed open despite the restrictions as many other providers closed over the past two years. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision striking down Texas' strict regulation of abortion clinics (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

At the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices' decision in the Texas abortion clinic case provoked a strong response from Justice Samuel Alito. After Justice Stephen Breyer read a summary of his majority opinion aloud in court, Alito summarized his dissenting opinion. It was the second time in a week he had read aloud.

Alito was the only justice to read even one dissent from the bench, something that typically takes place a few times each term.

Seeming to tap the bench in emphasis, Alito criticized his more liberal colleagues for bending procedural rules that he says should have foreclosed the clinics' Supreme Court case.

Last week, he read a dissent in a case about affirmative action, spending more than 15 minutes reading aloud. His dissent Monday lasted about 10 minutes.

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12:45 p.m.

The president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is cheering the Supreme Court's abortion ruling as "an enormous victory for women."

Cecile Richards, whose mother was a former Texas governor, said in a statement that the court "recognized that these laws do not enhance patient safety."

Instead, Richards said tough restrictions passed in Texas in 2013 - and subsequently copied in other states - "punish women by blocking access to safe abortion."

On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 in support of Texas clinics, which argued the 2013 regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion.

Monday's ruling may also jeopardize similar state laws approved by Legislatures elsewhere.

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11:40 a.m.

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis says the Supreme Court striking down Texas' abortion law validates a 2013 filibuster she staged against it.

Davis tweeted: "Today made that day 3 yrs ago all worth it!"

The Democrat from Fort Worth stood in the Texas Senate for 11-plus hours three years ago, temporarily blocking tough abortion restrictions.

The GOP-controlled state Legislature easily passed them in a subsequent special session, though.

On Monday, the high court voted 5-3 in support of Texas clinics, which argued the regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion.

The filibuster made Davis - and the pink tennis shoes she wore - a national sensation in liberal circles. But her 2014 gubernatorial run ended in an overwhelming defeat by Republican Greg Abbott.

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11:10 a.m.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott says the Supreme Court's decision striking down his state's strict regulation of abortion clinics "subjects more innocent life to being lost."

In a statement Monday, the Republican said the ruling "erodes states' lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women."

The justices voted 5-3 in support of Texas clinics, which argued the regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion.

The law was approved by Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature in 2013, and lawmakers in other conservative states have since passed similar measures.

Abbott said his state's goal remains "to protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women."

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10:35 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down Texas' regulation of abortion clinics is "a victory for women in Texas and across America."

The Democratic presidential candidate says in a signed posting to Twitter that a "safe abortion should be a right-not just on paper, but in reality."

The justices voted 5-3 on Monday in support of the Texas clinics that argued the regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion.

Clinton says the "fight isn't over," adding that the "next president has to protect women's health. Women won't be 'punished' for exercising their basic rights."

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9:08 a.m.

The Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

Justice Stephen Breyer's majority opinion for the court held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to an abortion.

Texas had argued that its 2013 law and subsequent regulations were needed to protect women's health. The rules required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.

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