LONE STAR RULES

Texas Votes to Close Most Abortion Clinics

The Texas House has passed a sweeping abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks and would tighten restrictions on clinics so much that nearly all of them in the state would be forced to close. The bill tenatively passed 97–33 at 3:20 a.m. after 13.5 hours of debate, with 19 legislators not present—18 of whom are Democrats. The final vote passed early Monday morning. Some in the crowd broke out in applause after the bill’s passage, but they were drowned out by cries of “Shame.” The bill still requires a final vote from the House later today before heading to the Senate, where Democrats have vowed a filibuster.