Texas House of Reps approves abortion restrictions
POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 11:58am
UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 12:25pm
Austin, TX (CNN) — The Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives gave final approval Monday to a package of sweeping restrictions on abortions.
Dozens of demonstrators crowded the State Capitol to protest the measure. The Star-Telegram reported the vote followed an all-night session where lawmakers gave preliminary approval.
The legislation tightens restrictions on abortion doctors and clinics. It also bans abortions on or after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Anti-abortion groups say that's when a fetus begins to feel pain. According to the Star-Telegram, the 20-week provision was removed from the senate bill.
The measure now goes back to the Senate for consideration.