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Senate Abortion Bill Hearing, Pro-Life Rally Planned Monday
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:14 PM CDT
This morning, you'll have a chance to speak out for or against controversial abortion restrictions at the State Capitol. After the long holiday weekend, this morning at 10 a.m., members of the Texas Senate will reconvene to hear public comment. Meanwhile the Texas Republican Party and pro-life groups are planning a rally that could draw their biggest crowds yet, and pro-choice groups are calling on their supporters to arrive as early as 7 a.m. for the 10 a.m. hearing.
A new week and a new reason for orange and blue to descend on the State Capitol once again: this morning, you'll have up to two minutes to share your thoughts on Senate Bill 1 to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. This morning's hearing marks the first time the Senate's taken up the abortion issue since the filibuster and ultimate defeat of SB 5 two weeks ago during the first special session. The hearing also comes on the heels of a House committee hearing on a similar bill last week, where the committee denied more than 1,000 people who had signed up to speak the chance to testify before sending the bill onto the full House. The House could take up the measure this week.
But tonight, even those who aren't signed up to speak plan to speak out. At 7 p.m., the Texas Republican Party and several pro-life groups plan to rally at the State Capitol, with Attorney General Greg Abbott and Mike Huckabee set to speak. One group, Students for Life, is planning to bus in supporters from the East Coast, while some pro-choice advocates are calling on others to "not engage" with pro-life supporters.
If you don't want to speak, you can still register a position on the bill at the Capitol. You can also contact your senator to let them know how you feel.