Controversial TX abortion bill passes state House
AUSTIN, Texas– After a roller-coaster battle over an abortion bill, the Texas House of Representatives approved the bill that would restrict abortions in the state.
The measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
It would also require doctors performing the procedures to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and all abortions to be performed in surgical centers.
That restriction would close all but five abortion clinics in Texas.
Protesters screamed “shame on you” during the debate over the bill this week.
When the measure went before the Texas State Senate last month, it faced harsh criticism from visitors.
Sen. Wendy Davis attempted to block the bill from passing with an 11 hour filibuster.
When that failed, the crowds cheered so loud a vote could not be taken until after the deadline.
Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to bring the bill back to life.
He also said what was called the “people’s filibuster” would not be allowed a second time.
A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate where it is expected to pass.