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Abortion rally at scotus Abortion rights advocates and challengers rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide a Kentucky case that could expand the universe of who has the power to defend state abortion restrictions when state officials refuse to do so.

The case, Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, is the first abortion-related challenge to be granted review by the 6-3 high court marked by the arrival of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. A direct challenge to Mississippi’s ban on abortions after five weeks has been rescheduled multiple times for consideration by the justices on whether to hear it.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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