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Joe Biden has condemned a Supreme Court decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state, and directed federal agencies to do what they can to "insulate women and providers" from the impact.
The deeply divided court allowed the law to remain in force in the nation's biggest abortion curb since the court legalised the operation nationwide half a century ago.
The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others but suggested the order was not likely to be the last word and other challenges could be brought.
The president said his administration will launch a "whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision" and look at "what steps the federal government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions".
He said women should be protected from "the impact of Texas's bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties".
Mr Biden, who has come under pressure from Democrats to expand the size of the Supreme Court, has ordered a review of the court which is due next month.
The Texas law, signed by Republican governor Greg Abbott in May, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before many women know they are pregnant.
It is the strictest law against abortion rights in the US since the high court's landmark Roe vs Wade decision in 1973, and part of a broader push by Republicans nationwide to impose new restrictions on abortion.
At least 12 other states have enacted bans early in pregnancy, but all have been blocked from going into effect.
The court's order declining to halt the Texas law came just before midnight on Wednesday. The majority said those bringing the case had not met the high burden required for a stay of the law.
"In reaching this conclusion, we stress that we do not purport to resolve definitively any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the applicants' lawsuit. In particular, this order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas's law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts," the unsigned order said.
Chief Justice John Roberts dissented along with the court's three liberal justices. Each of the four dissenting justices wrote separate statements expressing their disagreement with the majority.
Judge Roberts noted that while the majority denied the request for emergency relief "the court's order is emphatic in making clear that it cannot be understood as sustaining the constitutionality of the law at issue".
Justice Sonia Sotomayor called her conservative colleagues' decision "flagrantly unconstitutional".