Texas House passes restrictive abortion bill

By Jessica Huseman

The Texas House approved new abortion limits on Wednesday. A final vote in the state’s senate, where the bill died two weeks ago amid filibuster and loud protests, could come as early as Friday.

The House voted mostly along party lines after 10 hours of debate on Tuesday. Republicans rejected every attempt to amend the bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and only allows abortions in surgical centers. The bill’s requirements will force all but five clinics in the state to close their doors.

The hundreds of protesters that have become commonplace in the Texas Capitol were missing during the vote on Wednesday, which was mostly procedural.

Republican leaders in the state are intent on passing the bill during the second special session, though in Gov. Rick Perry’s speech on Monday he indicated there would be “additional sessions if required.” At this point, Democrats can do little to slow the bill down and can only begin to build a case for a federal lawsuit once the bill is officially passed.

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