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State lawmakers test the limits on abortion legislation

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Mississippi's state capitol building in Jackson. Photo: Visions of America / UIG via Getty Images

"Republicans, who control a majority of the nation's statehouses, are considering a wide range of abortion legislation that could test the government's legal ability to restrict a woman's right to terminate pregnancy," AP's Ryan Foley reports.

Why it matters: "The early weeks of this year's state legislative sessions have seen a flurry of activity around the issue. It comes as activists on both sides say they expect the U.S. Supreme Court to soon consider a question that remains unclear: How far can states go in restricting abortion in the interest of preserving and promoting fetal life?"