Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas. The US supreme court on October 14th blocked a federal  ruling that had forced the closure of abortion clinics where doctors did not have admitting access at nearby hospitals, instead allowing them to remain open while appeals proceed. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas have been allowed to reopen after the US supreme court blocked restrictions imposed by a state law that threatened (...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: was sharply critical. Photograph: Eric Luke

If good fences make good neighbours Mr Justice Hardiman was at his neighbourly best speaking at a conference on judges, politics and the Irish Constit(...)

Karl Marx: Obamacare and climate change policy are among the initiatives branded ‘Marxist’ by US conservatives. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

Everywhere you look these days you see Marxism on the rise. Well, okay, maybe you don’t – but conservatives do.If you so much as mention income inequa(...)

The statue called The Authority of Law at the entrance to the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

The US supreme court started a new legal term yesterday during which it will decide on matters ranging from protests at abortion clinics to restrictio(...)