Texas abortion bill: Committee approves
By KATIE GLUECK | 7/2/13 5:02 PM EDT Updated: 7/3/13 7:51 AM EDT
A controversial abortion measure in the Texas Legislature advanced early Wednesday morning, after a House committee heard from some of the nearly 2,000 witnesses that showed up to testify on the bill.
The House State Affairs Committee approved the bill an an 8-3 party line vote, according to news reports.
It was the first action on the bill since the Legislature returned to the Texas capitol for a special session starting on Monday. The full chamber will now take up the bill next week.
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Close to 3,500 people turned up on Tuesday to register a position on a the measure - which would ban abortion after 20 weeks and