Texas House debates abortion bill


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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 2:29 PM

AUSTIN -- The Texas House of Representatives is in session. Lawmakers are taking up a controversial abortion bill. It in part would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and also regulate the clinics and doctors who provide those services.

Watch the House's discussion live via the Texas Tribune's YouTube channel below:

Hundreds gathered to hear the debate. Crowds lined up outside the Capitol doors Tuesday morning. On the east lawn crowds dressed in orange, the color of opposition.

“This is slowly eroding the rights of women and we understand that. We're not full about this concern about women's health, we understand what's going on that's why you're seeing thousands and thousands of women standing up for their rights,” said Patti Everitt.

On the south steps, people dressed in blue took over. It has become the color of support.

“They're trying to say that it's not about women's health and it's not that we're trying to cut off abortion, but really honestly I believe if they wanted this to be safe, and if they really cared about women, they'd really read the bill,” said Amy Kinney.

There are technically two different bills being considered. One is filed at the House of Representatives. Another bill is in the Senate. To move forward, the bill must first pass in the House. If it moves out of the House, the Senate Committee will then take up its own vote and make a recommendation to the full Senate.

There is no direct timetable for the vote. However the second special legislative session can only last for 30 days. It began on July 1.