Hundreds testify against new Texas abortion regs

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas House committee considering new restrictions on abortions has scheduled another hearing when it will likely approve at least some of the tighter regulations.

House Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook provided notice of the meeting two-hours and 16 minutes before Friday's hearing in a room that can hold only 30 people and does not have a video feed. It comes after more than hundreds of abortion rights supporters packed a hearing Thursday until 3:30 a.m.

Opponents hoped to stall the measures, but Cook cut off testimony saying it was becoming repetitive. A Democrat said in 20 years she'd never seen a chairman deny witnesses a chance to speak.

The proposed laws would limit what clinics and doctors can perform abortions, and ban them after 20 weeks instead of 24.

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