Using a ParseSess in a #[test]

I'm trying to add some tests to the rustdoc syntax highlighter. Unfortunately, my tests are panicking because the function under test needs to create a ParseSess:

thread 'html::highlight::tests::simple_function' panicked at 'cannot access a scoped thread local variable without calling `set` first', /home/euclio/repos/rust/src/libstd/
stack backtrace:
   0: <std::sys_common::backtrace::_print::DisplayBacktrace as core::fmt::Display>::fmt
   1: core::fmt::write
   2: std::io::Write::write_fmt
   3: std::io::impls::<impl std::io::Write for alloc::boxed::Box<W>>::write_fmt
   4: std::sys_common::backtrace::print
   5: std::panicking::default_hook::{{closure}}
   6: std::panicking::default_hook
   7: std::panicking::rust_panic_with_hook
   8: std::panicking::begin_panic
   9: scoped_tls::ScopedKey<T>::with
  10: rustc_session::parse::ParseSess::with_span_handler
  11: rustc_session::parse::ParseSess::with_silent_emitter
  12: rustdoc::html::highlight::highlight
  13: rustdoc::html::highlight::tests::simple_function
  14: std::panic::catch_unwind
  15: test::run_test_in_process
note: Some details are omitted, run with `RUST_BACKTRACE=full` for a verbose backtrace.

I'm not really familiar with how TLS works inside rustc. Is this a fundamental limitation of ParseSess? Or is there a way to work around it?

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