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Texas Senate Debating Abortion Restrictions Bill

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File photo of woman getting a sonogram. (credit: GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans in the Texas Senate have abandoned attempts to ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, but are pressing forward with new restrictions on the procedure.

The Senate has expected to vote Tuesday night on new requirements for abortion providers and use of abortion-inducing medication.

But Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, says he dropped the ban after 20 weeks because he didn’t think he had the support to pass it with just one week left in the special session.

Hegar says his bill would provide new health care protections for women. Several Senate Democrats argued the bill is really an attempt to close down most of Texas abortion providers and severely limit access to the procedure.

Republicans had pressed Gov. Rick Perry to add abortion to the special session agenda.

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