Abortion testimony heats up at Capitol

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by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 11:24 AM

AUSTIN -- State troopers were called in after a hearing on abortion laws turned into a frenzy shortly after midnight.

Hundreds of women from across Texas showed up at the Capitol on Thursday to testify against the House version of a bill which would regulate abortions in Texas. They say it's waging a war on women, but many were told those sentiments would not be heard.

Just after midnight Friday, Republican Committee Chairman Byron Cook told the crowd that their testimony was becoming too "repetitive." More than 200 women in the hearing room and 100 in an auxiliary room immediately began to protest. That's when state troopers were called in.

"Many people who had driven in from far corners of the state where not given an opportunity to testify despite getting here, so peple got understandably upset," Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Heather Busby said.

Cook had to suspend the hearing and left his seat. When he returned, he told the crowd that he would allow 50 more women to speak, which took more than three hours.

The committee did not take a vote on the issue Friday morning.

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