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Stand with Texas Women bus tour stops in North Texas

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Around 1000 people rallied Wednesday night in Ft. Worth to stop an abortion restrictions bill under consideration in the Texas Legislature.

It was the second of two stops in North Texas for The Stand with Texas Women bus tour.

State senator Wendy Davis spoke at the Ft. Worth and rally encouraged abortion rights advocates to keep fighting.

"We know that our state is strongest when every single person here is cherished and given the opportunity to realize the dreams that they have," Davis said.

Around 200 people attended an event earlier Wednesday in downtown Dallas.

Notable speakers in Dallas included Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood and daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards and State Sen. Royce West of Dallas.

"It's time to get the Texas Legislature out of our exam rooms," Richards said.

At the same time of the Dallas rally, the State House passed the abortion restrictions bill. It now heads to the senate, where Sen. West admitted it was likely to pass despite objection from Democrats.

The bill has restrictions that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of a pregnancy and require upgrades to clinics that perform abortions. Doctors at the clinics would also need to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The tough legislation would likely close a majority of abortion providers in Texas.

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