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State lawmakers are debating the controversial bills that would create stricter regulations for abortions in Texas.

Senators have been debating this since about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday evening and at times the discussion became very heated.

Senator Glenn Hegar, a Republican of Katy, who is also the youngest member of Senate, debated and defended his bill, Senate Bill 5, with some of the senior Democrats in the Senate.

Before the debate began, Hegar made news. With time running out in this special session and to avoid a longer debate, Hegar pulled the most controversial pieces of Senate Bill 5 out, which is the ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

What remains are the stricter requirements for abortion clinics, and a provision that would require RU-486 also known as the "abortion" pill to be prescribed by a doctor, currently it's not.

Democrats vowed not to back down without a fight. They definitely stuck to the game plan Tuesday evening.

The 20-week ban isn't totally gone. It could come back up in special session under a different bill filed.

This is the second of three readings for Senate Bill 5. The third is scheduled for Thursday.

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