Legislation to ban abortions in Texas after the 20th week of pregnancy drew a sharp response during a House hearing Wednesday night.
Abortion opponents praised the bill, which says that the ban is justified because “substantial medical evidence” has found that a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks after fertilization. Opponents of the bill, however, told the House State Affairs Committee that the bulk of scientific studies has found that a fetus cannot experience pain until far later in a pregnancy.
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