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(WOMENSENEWS)–The abortion rights battle opened the year in a federal appeals court in New Orleans Jan. 6 where the constitutionality of two of Texas’s abortion restrictions .

Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued to block two of the law’s provisions, the reported.

One provision restricts how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs. The other requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed. An found a similar admitting privileges law in Wisconsin to be unconstitutional. If Wisconsin appeals, that case could be headed up to the Supreme Court alongside Texas, .

Janet Crepps, a New York-based lawyer for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said the Rio Grande Valley in Texas had two abortion providers before the law took effect and currently has none, the Associated Press reported. “Women are now forced to travel 150 (miles) or a 300-mile-round trip,” she said.

In response, Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones questioned whether such a drive can be considered an undue burden on women seeking an abortion. “Do you know how long that takes in Texas at 75 miles an hour?” she asked. “This is a peculiarly flat and not congested highway.”

Her comment drew widespread taunts from pro-choice advocates on social media.

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