published Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Texas House provisionally approves abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House has given provisional approval to tough new abortion restrictions, making good on a third attempt to pass the measure this year.

Lawmakers debated for more than 10 hours Tuesday, before voting on the Republican’s signature legislation. They approved the bill mainly along party lines.

A final, formal vote is scheduled for Wednesday. The measure will then go to the Senate, where the Republican majority is also expected to approve the bill.

Outside the House chamber supporters of the bill wore blue and opponents wore orange as they staged small protests throughout the day.

The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

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