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Pro-abortion rights protesters march outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin in September. Photo: Sergio Flores For The Washington Post via Getty Images

A Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy violates the state's constitution as it permits private citizens to sue abortion providers, a judge ruled Thursday.

Why it matters: State District Court Judge David Peeples' ruling, which doesn't stop the strict law from being enforced, comes ahead of an expected U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Texas legislation.

The big picture: Peeples' ruling only concerned the 14 lawsuits he was overseeing. It doesn't include an injunction so wouldn't stop litigation against doctors or others accused of "aiding or abetting" abortions.

  • Frontera Fund, one of the abortion-rights groups challenging the law, known as Senate Bill 8, in a statement called the judge's decision "a small win," but noted S.B. 8 was still in effect. Abortion providers have indicated they won't resume services because of this.

What's next: Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that had campaigned for the law, vowed in a statement to appeal Peebles' ruling.

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What's next for Ohio House, Senate redistricting

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Wednesday's Ohio Supreme Court redistricting ruling — invalidating the state legislative maps and ordering leaders to draw new ones — set off shockwaves in Buckeye State political circles.

Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers

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The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers, but it will allow a similar mandate to continue for workers at federally funded health care facilities.

Driving the news: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure went into effect on Monday. It said that employers with more than 100 workers must require their workers to either get vaccinated or tested every week.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

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If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.