Senate panel approves abortion bill, setting up final vote

Senate panel approves abortion bill, setting up final vote

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Throngs of protesters were missing for Wednesday’s mostly procedural vote after days of protests by supporters and opponents.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas Senate committee on Thursday pushed through new abortion restrictions, setting up a Senate vote before the weekend to send it to Gov. Rick Perry.

With the Republican majority set to pass the bill, a top Democrat says his party’s efforts to block it at the Capitol have run out. Sen. Royce West of Dallas says abortion rights activists will ask the courts to intervene.

The bill returns to the Senate chamber, where a filibuster and outbursts from the public gallery interrupted a vote on June 25.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says security will clear the gallery at the first sign of any outburst.

The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers and bans abortions after 20 weeks.

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