Texas House Sends Abortion Bill To State Senate

AUSTIN (July 10, 2013)--The Texas House Wednesday gave final approval to a measure that would impose abortion limits, sending the measure to the state Senate.

Gov. Rick Perry, who called lawmakers into special session to vote on the restrictions, commended the bill's supporters.

“The tremendous outpouring of support for this legislation has demonstrated how Texas stands for life," he said.

"Now is not the time to waver, however, as the Senate continues its important work in support of women's health and protecting the lives of our most vulnerable Texans," he said.

The vote comes less than two weeks after a filibuster and boisterous protesters in the gallery derailed Senate action on the measure in the waning hours of the Legislature’s first special session.

A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate.

The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday on what has become signature GOP legislation.

Lawmakers spent more than 10 hours debating it Tuesday, and Republicans rejected every attempt to amend the bill.

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

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

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