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Texas abortion debate resumes at hearing and rally

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fight over access to abortion in Texas resumes Monday with thousands expected to attend a marathon Senate hearing and a nighttime anti-abortion rally at the Capitol.

An abortion rights rally and a hearing in the House drew thousands of demonstrators and witnesses to testify on both sides of the issue. Now the Senate Health and Human Services Committee has scheduled a daylong hearing.

An anti-abortion rally is scheduled for the South steps of the Capitol about 7 p.m.

Texas is not the first state to move toward tough new restrictions on abortion. But it has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate, sparked by a nearly 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) that blocked the new restrictions from becoming law.

 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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