Texas Senate Approves New Abortion Restrictions

AUSTIN (July 13, 2013)--Republicans in the Texas Legislature have passed an omnibus abortion bill that is one of the most restrictive in the nation, but Democrats vowed Saturday to fight both in the courts and at the polls as they used the measure to rally thousands of their supporters on the Capitol steps in Austin.

The Texas Senate gave final passage to the law late Friday night in a 19-11 vote, sending the measure to Gov. Rick Perry.

The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks, require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions take place in surgical centers.

Republicans said it would protect the health of women and babies, but Democrats called it a backdoor ban on abortions.

The debate captured national attention, attracting the support of the base from both parties.

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