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Texas Senate committee passes abortion bill; floor vote likely Friday

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AUSTIN, Texas -

A Texas Senate committee on Thursday pushed through new abortion restrictions, setting up a Senate vote before the weekend to send it to Gov. Rick Perry.

With the Republican majority set to pass the bill, a top Democrat says his party's efforts to block it at the Capitol have run out. Sen. Royce West of Dallas says abortion rights activists will ask the courts to intervene.

The bill returns to the Senate chamber, where a filibuster and outbursts from the public gallery interrupted a vote on June 25.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says security will clear the gallery at the first sign of any outburst.

"Because this is a democracy, we're going to not be interrrupted in doing the people's work by unruly mobs," Dewhurst said.

The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers and bans abortions after 20 weeks.

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