By CHRIS TOMLINSON
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Republicans have voted to move forward with new abortion restrictions after limiting testimony at a public hearing and imposing strict security precautions.
On a party-line vote, the Republican majority approved the bill early Wednesday and sent it to the full Texas House for a vote next week.
Gov. Rick Perry has called on the Legislature to move quickly after he called them into a second special session to pass the bill that will limit when, where and how a woman may obtain an abortion.
More than 3,500 people came to the Capitol and registered a position on the bill. More than 1,000 signed up to testify, but fewer than 100 people had a chance to express their views. The top Republican on the committee limited testimony to eight hours.
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