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Texas House Approves Abortion Restrictions

Update: The House passed HB 2 on a vote of 96 to 49 this morning. The bill will be sent to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee this week for a vote, and the bill could be sent to the Senate floor for a full vote as early next week. 

Update (10:00 a.m.) Last night the House passed HB 2 on second reading by a vote of 98 to 49. The bill, which would limit access to abortions across Texas, is set for a third and final reading today in the House.

If passed, the bill will head across the Capitol rotunda to the Senate, and it could be sent to a committee as soon as this week. Below you can watch the live stream of the vote from our reporting partners The Texas Tribune.

Here's more coverage from KUT News:

Update (8:57 p.m.): With 98 ayes and 49 nays, the Texas House has tentatively approved House Bill 2. 

The House must still approve the bill on final reading; HB 2 then faces votes in a Senate committee and the full Texas Senate. 

The Texas House gavels in at 10 a.m. tomorrow. 

Update: The Texas House is still debating a bill to increase restrictions on abortion, with increased requirements for clinic and doctors performing the procedure, and a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It’s a lengthy process, with members offering amendments and taking questions about them from fellow lawmakers.

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