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Activists pack hearing on abortion restrictions

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Activists are packed into a hearing room at the Texas Legislature to testify on tighter abortion restrictions.

   Lawmakers listened to testimony on Thursday on whether to restrict how, where and when women can get abortions in Texas. Abortion rights activists say the proposed rules would shut down 90 percent of the abortion clinics in Texas.

   The House State Affairs Committee took up the bills after the Senate passed the same measures on Tuesday night. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said it was part of his commitment to stop abortions in Texas.

   The proposed measures would ban abortions after 20 weeks, while the current limit is 24 weeks. Texas would also require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and only allow abortions in surgical facilities.

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