Voting along party lines, a Texas House committee approved sweeping abortion regulations early Wednesday, setting up next week’s vote in the House and a similar public hearing in the Senate.
The Republican-majority House, which reconvenes Tuesday morning, is expected to easily pass House Bill 2, sending it on to the Senate.
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Next steps for abortion bills
• Senate: Health and Human Services meets at 10 a.m. Monday for hearing on Senate Bill 1.
• House: Reconvenes at 10 a.m. Tuesday to consider House Bill 2.
Key elements of bills
• Prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
• Require abortion clinics to be certified as ambulatory surgical centers.
• Require abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.
See photo galleries and videos of the Texas abortion battle, plus news stories on both sides of the protests and links to how the debate has played out on social media online at statesman.com/abortiondebate