Democrats want statewide hearings on abortion

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 1:04 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Senate Democrats are asking for statewide hearings on an abortion restrictions bill that has drawn thousands of demonstrators to the state Capitol this week.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, leader of the Senate Democrats, asked Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound to conduct hearings outside of Austin.

Nelson, a Republican, has not yet scheduled any hearings. Her office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Democrats hope to create more delays on a bill they seek to block. More than 3,500 people registered as witnesses at a House committee hearing Tuesday night.

A Democrat filibuster helped block the bill last week. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass the bill in a new 30-day special session.

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