The Texas House avoided a protracted, potentially volatile debate Thursday when both sides of the abortion issue agreed to withdraw about a dozen family-planning amendments from consideration.
The bipartisan agreement, brokered before Thursday’s lengthy slog through 267 filed amendments to the 2014-15 state budget, was designed to protect $100 million set aside for primary health care, including contraceptives, for low-income women, said Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, who helped negotiate the agreement.
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