AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas House has pushed aside other matters and begun debating further tightening abortion restrictions statewide -- despite the objections of hundreds of protesters. Time is running out for lawmakers to approve bills before the 30-day special legislative session ends Tuesday at midnight. Democrats used parliamentary technicalities Sunday to halt all debate for hours. But Republicans then responded by postponing all other legislation. That allowed them to more quickly consider an omnibus bill that would require many abortion facilities statewide to make costly upgrades or shut down. It also would make it more difficult for Texas women to undergo abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill advanced despite more than 800 women's rights demonstrators packing the Capitol, imploring lawmakers not to approve any abortion-related bills.
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