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AUSTIN (AP) - A constitutional fight over a Texas law requiring a woman to have a sonogram before getting an abortion is back in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin is scheduled to hear oral arguments Friday in a challenge to the law by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights.

Sparks previously ruled parts of the law unconstitutional and issued a temporary order against enforcement. But an appeals court said the law could be put in place pending the final outcome of the legal challenge.

Supporters argue the law ensures women fully understand what abortion entails and would lead to fewer abortions in Texas. Opponents say the bill violates medical ethics requiring doctors to respect a patient’s autonomy and act in the patient’s best interest.

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