Texas Repubs Pass Abortion Bill, Dems Vow Fight

By: Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert, Associated Press
By: Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert, Associated Press

House Bill 2 - How Local Reps Voted

Texas House

  • Trent Ashby, Martha Farney, Kyle Kacal, Lois Kolkhorst, John Otto, John Raney - Yay

Texas Senate

  • Glenn Hegar, Charles Schwertner - Yay

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Republicans in the Texas Legislature have passed an omnibus abortion bill that is 1 of the most restrictive in the nation.

But Democrats vowed Saturday to fight both in the courts and the ballot box as they used the measure to rally their thousands of their supporters on the Capitol steps in Austin.

The Texas Senate gave final passage late Friday night to a law that would 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. Democrats said it was a backdoor ban on abortions.

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

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