State representatives for local districts all voted in favor of Senate Bill 5 Monday .
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Republicans in the Texas House have passed one of the nation's toughest packages of abortion restrictions.
Democrats stalled the vote as long as possible Monday, the second to last day of the special legislative session.
The proposed bill would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limit abortions to surgical centers.
Supporters say the bill would improve women's health care. Opponents warn it would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state.
The bill must sit for 24 hours, and then the Senate will need to vote.
Democrats have threatened a filibuster to stop the bill from reaching Gov. Rick Perry's desk.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.