Texas abortion debate resumes at hearing and rally

AP, Other News, State

Today’s news from the Associated Press was selected by Media Writing student Stacy Haigler.

 By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press —
AUSTIN, Texas  — The fight over access to abortion in Texas resumes Monday with thousands expected to attend a marathon Senate hearing and a nighttime anti-abortion rally at the Capitol.An abortion rights rally and a hearing in the House drew thousands of demonstrators and witnesses to testify on both sides of the issue. Now the Senate Health and Human Services Committee scheduled a daylong hearing. Hundreds lined the hallways outside the hearing room more than two hours before its 10 a.m. start.

An anti-abortion rally is scheduled for the South steps of the Capitol about 7 p.m.

Texas has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate, sparked by a nearly 13-hour filibuster June 25 by Sen. Wendy Davis that blocked new restrictions from becoming law.

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