Texas abortion debate resumes at hearing and rally

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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