AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The lone Democrat in the Texas Senate who backed tougher abortion restrictions isn t giving up on a proposal that would require women to complete an adoption course before terminating a pregnancy.

Sen. Eddie Lucio is vowing to refile a bill in 2015 that critics call simplistic. The Brownsville lawmaker says the mandate would help save the unborn.

Lucio was the only Senate Democrat to join Republicans in approving a ban last month on abortions in Texas after 20 weeks. It came after hundreds of abortion-rights advocates swarmed the Capitol and succeeded in temporarily stalling passage.

Rory Hall runs the Austin-based nonprofit Adoption Advocates Inc. He said that it was punitive to make pregnant women obtain a state certificate showing they completed a short course on adoption.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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