Scenes from the 83rd Texas Legislature, on the night of the Senate Bill 5 debate on abortion restrictions, Sunday, June 23.

Protestors Swarm Capitol As House Fights Over Abortion Bill

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Despite 12 hours of procedural delays by Democrats—and a gallery packed with opponents—the Texas House gave initial approval at 3:23 a.m. Monday to a strict anti-abortion bill. Earlier today, The House has passed SB 5 on a 95-34 vote. The question now is whether Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will try to take up the bill today in the Senate. Read more in Carolyn Jones’ article “By Stifling Debate, Texas House Passes Strict Anti-Abortion Bill.”