A Texas law that went into effect last week effectively bans most abortions in the state and the Supreme Court has allowed the law to stay in effect while the statute is litigated in lower courts.

The state law bans the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and empowers private citizens to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion, such as driving a patient to a clinic. Last Wednesday, a divided Supreme Court refused to temporarily block the statute. On Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is exploring “all options” to challenge the Texas law.

Republican-led states have passed a wave of restrictive abortion laws in recent years. This summer, Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade in order to uphold the state’s restrictions on access to abortion clinics.

What questions do you have about abortion restrictions in states across the U.S.? Post reporters Robert Barnes, Caroline Kitchener and Amber Phillips answered your questions on Wednesday. Barnes covers the Supreme Court. Kitchener has been reporting in Texas on how the state law will affect abortion providers there. And Phillips wrote an FAQ on the Texas law. Here are some of the questions they answered:

  • Can a Texas resident travel out of state for an abortion?
  • Doesn’t someone need standing to sue another person?

Read the transcript below. Some questions have been lightly edited for clarity.

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.