How House lawmakers voted on #hb2 #txlege
House Bill 2 — the Texas legislation that would increase regulations for abortion providers and ban abortions at 20 weeks — met approval in the Texas House of Representatives Tuesday night with a 98-49 vote.
In the two weeks since Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis attempted to kill the bill with a 13-hour filibuster, demonstrators have flooded the State Capitol in Austin. Many even signed up Monday to give public testimony for or against the proposed law.
Support for the bill eventually prevailed, with Davis herself admitting Tuesday that HB 2 was likely to pass.
“It will be very difficult because unfortunately the voices that have been here crying out against this bill are not going to be heard,” she told CNN. “But I don’t think it’s the end. It’s the beginning of a battle line.”
On Tuesday, Texas lawmakers sat through more than 10 hours of discussion on the bill before casting their votes.
The Capitol’s protesters weren’t happy with the result.
Outside House protesters chant “shame on you” after #hb2 tentatively approved
The bill was granted final approval in the House on Wednesday. The Senate will now vote on it.
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