Texas House passes abortion bill; Senate next stop
The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests.
A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate, where the measure died as the first special session expired. The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday on what has become signature GOP legislation.
Lawmakers spent more than 10 hours debating it Tuesday, and Republicans rejected every attempt to amend the bill. Throngs of protesters were missing for Wednesday's mostly procedural vote after days of protests by supporters and opponents.
The bill requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers and ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Demonstrators on both sides of the issue descended on the state capitol building and erupted in screams and cheers immediately following Tuesday night's vote. Pro-choice advocates have protested the bill for several weeks.
The bill failed to pass during the regular session, then died in the first special session thanks in part to a 13-hour filibuster by state Senator Wendy Davis.
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