Capitol Awash in Orange, Blue in Abortion Rallies

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are at the Texas Capitol again as lawmakers debate a contentious bill that would create new restrictions.

About 2,000 anti-abortion protesters wearing blue gathered Monday night to support the bill. Some held signs saying, "Unborn babies feel pain" and "Abortion kills children." They w ere expected to hear later from Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, spots of orange-clad activists supporting abortion rights were gathering for a march against the bill.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and impose restrictions that advocates say would lead to the closure of most Texas abortion providers.

A senator's 12-hour filibuster and the shouts of raucous protesters ran out the clock on a vote in the last special session.



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