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Texas Abortion Committee Hearing Underway At Capitol

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:14 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas -- The fight over access to abortion in Texas has resumed with thousands expected to attend a marathon Senate hearing and a nighttime anti-abortion rally at the Capitol.

An abortion rights rally and a hearing in the House drew thousands of demonstrators and witnesses to testify on both sides of the issue. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing began at 10 a.m. Hundreds lined the hallways outside the hearing room.

Testimony began at 11 a.m. Everyone who registered by that time will get to speak.

An anti-abortion rally is scheduled for the South steps of the Capitol about 7 p.m.

Texas has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate, sparked by a nearly 13-hour filibuster June 25 by Sen. Wendy Davis that blocked new restrictions from becoming law.

(AP contributed to this report.)

Texas Abortion Committee Hearing Underway At Capitol

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