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May 5, 2021      6:40 PM

Republicans creating causes of action: Texas House advances 6-week abortion ban on a vote of 81 to 63

The bill would clear the way for individuals to sue over abortions they object to; Rep. Slawson struggles to explain medical facts underlying the bill and the standard of standing for lawsuits

The so-called Texas Heartbeat Bill – which could roll available abortions back to six weeks gestation – cleared a major hurdle in the Texas House this afternoon on a vote of 81-63.

In the pantheon of abortion bills that have made it through the House in recent sessions, Senate Bill 8 would qualify as the quickest to a vote and one that carried the fewest amendments, three of them, when it reached its vote tally on initial passage.

By Kimberly Reeves

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