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Hundreds Denied Chance to Speak at Texas Capitol Abortion Hearing


Hundreds of people who had signed up to testify at a Texas House Committee hearing on abortion restrictions yesterday didn’t get to speak. Committee Chairman Byron Cook closed testimony after 3 a.m. Friday.

The House Committee on State Affairs was considering legislation that would require abortion facilities to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The committee didn't vote on the bills.

Many people took to social media to express their opinions and frustrations:

The Texas Senate already passed a bill tightening restrictions on abortions. That bill didn’t include the ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Lawmakers have until early next week to pass special session legislation.

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