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Activists Brace For 2019 Abortion-Rights Battles In The States

The stakes are higher with a newly configured U.S. Supreme Court. Abortion-rights opponents say they're ultimately hoping to overturn Roe v. Wade.

With a newly configured U.S. Supreme Court, the stakes are high for abortion-rights battles at the state level. Abortion-rights advocates and opponents are preparing for a busy year — from a tug-of-war over Roe v. Wade to smaller efforts that could expand or restrict access to abortion.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is known for his conservative record on issues including reproductive rights. And with his confirmation, many abortion-rights opponents see new opportunities to restrict the procedure at the state level.

"The pro-life movement has been

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