AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fight over access to abortion in Texas continued Monday with thousands expected to attend a marathon Senate hearing and a nighttime anti-abortion rally at the Capitol.
An abortion rights rally and a hearing in the House drew thousands of demonstrators and witnesses to testify on both sides of the issue. Now the Senate Health and Human Services Committee scheduled a daylong hearing. Hundreds lined the hallways outside the hearing room more than two hours before its 10 a.m. start.
Texas has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate, sparked by a nearly 13-hour filibuster June 25 by Sen. Wendy Davis that blocked new restrictions from becoming law.