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Texas Abortion Bill Stalls After Protests, Challenges

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Texas lawmakers did not pass one of the toughest and post poignant abortion measures in the country.

As a result the stalling of the bill shut down Senate Republicans and forced them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

Despite Republicans insisting they had started voting before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent much of Tuesday filibustering, official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place on Wednesday.

Texas’ Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst still insisted that the 19-10 vote was taken on Tuesday but further stated that he was not able to sign the bill with all of the “loud noise” that commenced.

If the bill had been signed into law, just about every abortion clinic and medical facility in the state of Texas would have had to close its doors.

The law further made provisions that abortions could be performed at surgical centers only. That translated into only five of Texas’ 42 current abortion clinics could perform abortions.

Furthermore, the bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics to spend thousands of dollars on upgrades to meet new state guidelines.

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