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Texas Senate passes new abortion restrictions

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Texas senators approved new abortion restrictions in a 19-11 vote.

Senators completed final statements Friday night, after protesters briefly interrupted proceedings.

Four women who tried to chain themselves to a railing in the gallery were arrested. One woman was successful in chaining herself, prompting a 10-minute recess.

Republicans were expected to pass the bill. But Democrats sought to soften it and enter into the legislative record material that could help in a court battle.

Democrats say the restrictions are unconstitutional.

The Senate's debate took place between a packed gallery of demonstrators, with anti-abortion activists wearing blue and abortion-rights supporters wearing orange.

When debate resumed, protesters began loudly singing, "Give choice a chance." Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told officers to remove them.

The bill now heads to Governor Rick Perry for him to sign it into law.

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