AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Republican effort to pass new restrictions on abortions is delayed because Democrats showed up more than two hours late.
Without the Democrats, the House could not reach a quorum to approve the bill Monday morning. House Democrats were trying to stall to help their colleagues in the Senate filibuster the bill on Tuesday night.
The proposed bill would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limit abortions to surgical centers. Other states have passed similar bills, but few have the full set. Federal judges have thrown out the restrictions in some states.
Supporters say the bill would improve women’s health care. Opponents warn it would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state.