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Texas Senate drops abortion ban after 20 weeks

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  • Lawmakers debate controversial abortion bills

    Lawmakers debate controversial abortion bills

    Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:53:25 GMT
    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
    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

The abortion debate at the state Capitol will pick up Thursday where it left off Tuesday night. A public hearing, which is been scheduled to take place before a House Committee could get volatile.

Late Tuesday night on the Senate floor things got a little tense during a debate over SB-5. The sweeping reform bill adds new restrictions on abortion facilities and doctors who work in them. An item that would ban abortions after 20 weeks was pulled from consideration before the bill cleared the upper chamber.

Pro-life supporters, like Carol Everett, who once ran an abortion clinic, hope to get the fetal pain language back in the legislation.

"It will protect women with this piece of legislation but we will not protect babies, so our goal is to protect both babies and women so we will like to see fetal pain put back in on the House," said Everett.

Pro-choice supporters vow to fight the proposed restrictions.

"There is nothing wrong with upgrading standards the problem is that there is no need in this case," said Heather Busby with NARAL Pro Choice Texas.

After the senate voted Tuesday, Lt Governor David Dewhurst caused a stir when posted a tweet. It seemed to imply that SB 5 would "essentially ban abortion statewide." Pro-choice supporters pounced on that --- claiming the tweet was an admission of the real motivation for the proposal

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