Abortion protesters gather outside Supreme Court

Abortion rights in the United States are hanging in the balance as the U.S. Supreme Court take up the dispute over the Texas law barring abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy before hearing arguments on Dec. 1 over the legality of a Mississippi measure prohibiting the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The hearing drew crowds of protesters Monday.

Justices on Monday appeared to be leaning toward allowing a challenge brought by abortion providers to a Republican-backed law that imposes a near-total ban on the procedure and lets private citizens enforce it.

The justices were hearing separate challenges by President Joe Biden's administration and abortion providers to the Texas law.

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