Tuesday 16 January 2018

Texas passes abortion restrictions

Members of the gallery cheer and chant as the Texas Senate tries to bring an abortion bill to a vote (AP)
Members of the gallery cheer and chant as the Texas Senate tries to bring an abortion bill to a vote (AP)
Hundreds line up to enter the Senate Chamber ahead of the abortion clinic vote in Austin, Texas (AP)

Texas Republicans have passed new abortion restrictions expected to close almost every abortion clinic in the second most populous state in the US.

The Republican-controlled House voted for the bill while hundreds of protesters screamed from the gallery.

Texas' special legislative session ended at midnight local time, and Democrats spent most of the day trying to talk through the time left to debate the bill, but the Republicans cited rules that eventually to force a vote to end the filibuster.

The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires that all procedures take place in a surgical centre.

Doctors who perform abortions would also need to have patient-admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The surgical centre requirement would shut down 37 of Texas' 42 abortion clinics.

Press Association

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