- Court of appeals drops one charge against former Governor Rick Perry
- Trump Tours Texas-Mexico Border
- Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal
- Trump Says Hispanics Love Him
- George Bush Senior Out Of ME. Hospital After Fall
- Abbott Accosted By Traveler Angered Over Gay-Marriage Stance
- Obama Challenges Critics Of Iran Nuclear Deal
- Abbott Orders Investigation Of Use Of Tissue From Abortions
- Local Opponents Of Gay Marriage Vow To Fight On
- Louisiana Gov. Jindal ready to jump into 2016 presidential race
- Abbott Signs Bill To Limit Pollution Lawsuits
- Young Protester Demands Veto Of Texas Budget Measure
- Commissioner To Leave HHSC As Deputy Takes Over
- Clinton: GOP Trying To Make It Difficult For People To Vote
- Perry Announces Presidential Run
- Travis County Gears Up To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
- Like Perry, Abbott Says He'll Leave Texas To Lure Businesses
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- Abbott: Texas Won't Legalize Medicinal Or Recreational Pot
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- 'Open Carry' Bill Heads To Gov. Abbott
- Austin's Top Cop Says Governor Needs To Step In On Open Carry
- Texas Senate Debating Major Open Carry Handgun Bill
- Texas House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse To Marry Gay Couples
- COA Spends $70K On Austin Code Ad Campaign
- Texas Senate Panel Passes Restrictions On Teen Abortions
- Perry Set To Announce Presidential Bid June 4 In Dallas
- Governor Abbott Signs Kari's Law for better 911 Access
- Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Bill In Limbo With Time Running Out
- House OKs Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions
- Austin City Council Denounces Stereotypes In Training Session
- Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Extend Traffic Stops
- Senate Backs Allowing Pastors To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples
- East Austin Could Get Luxury Golf Course
- Committee Votes Against Requiring Scrubbers For BBQ Food Trucks/Restaurants
- Waste Of Time: Texas House Votes To Keep Daylight Savings
- Senate Gives High Sign To Limited Medical Marijuana
- Pot Legalization Bill Clears House Panel
- School Shooting Victims, Families Voice Against Campus Carry
- Petition May Put Fluoridation Before San Marcos Voters
- Senate Votes To Keep Abbott Promise, Scrap Perry Tech Fund
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- Texas House Approves Slicing State Sales Taxes For 1st Time
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- Texas Pushes Closer To Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
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- Democratic House Technicality Halts 'Open Carry' -- For Now
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- Mayor Adler: Change Needed To Address Austin's Problems
What's Next For Abortion Bill?
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:14 PM CDT
A major milestone at the Capitol as a late night vote pushes proposed abortion restrictions one step closer to possibly becoming a reality in Texas.
The House vote on HB 2 took place just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, as lawmakers gave provisional approval to the bill. If passed into law, HB 2 would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken, and ban abortions after 20 weeks.
While Wednesday is expected to be much quieter, those on the pro-life side are calling for supporters to come out to the Capitol ahead of Wednesday's final House vote and looming battle in the Senate.
After more than 10 hours of debate, the House is now just a few short hours away from a third and final vote on House Bill 2. Members of the Republican-led House gave the green light 98-49, largely along party lines.
"I'm proud of who we are as a state and for the step that we have taken to protect both babies and women," said Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker), HB 2 author, after the vote.
Meanwhile Democrats expressed concerns over the bill, especially for victims of rape and incest.
"I think this bill sets us back a tremendous, tremendous step back into the dark ages," said Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston).
If passed on third reading, the bill then makes its way to the Senate. The Senate's version of the bill, SB 1, has been set for a hearing with the Health and Human Services Committee Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m.
On Monday and Tuesday, that same committee took written or verbal testimony from more than 3,800 people, with just over half opposed to the bill, but did not take a vote.
"There won't be any more public testimony, but this committee will have I'm sure some very lengthy discussions about the bill," said Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), the committee chair.
If the committee passes SB 1, the bill then heads to the full Senate floor.