Texas House approves abortion bill

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houseAUSTIN, TX – To the surprise of nobody, the Texas House passed its version of legislation that places broad restrictions on abortions.

The bill bans abortions past the twentieth week of gestation, requires abortion clinics to meet the minimum standards of ambulatory surgical centers, and mandates that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their clinics.

State Senator Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth Filly Buster, is the star of Planned Parenthood’s ‘Stand With Texas Women’ bus tour of the state.

She was in Houston last night, joined by fellow senators Sylvia Garcia and Rodney Ellis of Houston.

Opponents of the legislation have pretty much written off any hopes of defeating it in the special session, and are using this tour to whip up support for candidates in next year’s state elections.

The Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to vote on the Senate’s version Thursday, with a vote by the full Senate on Friday, at the earliest.