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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court moved to uphold a state law that installs additional restrictions on abortions, in a 5-2 ruling that drew criticism from reproductive rights advocates. The law prohibits abortions based on the fetus’s gender, race, or Down Syndrome diagnosis, as well as the pre-signature of informed consent forms for the procedure. The court ultimately sided with the state government, which argued that a decision against the law would cause irreparable harm to what was considered “valid economic and social interests”. Even so, reproductive rights activists are already preparing to consult higher authorities to challenge the ruling.

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