House Democrats force delay on abortion bill

The fight to pass some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws got much more difficult for Republicans after Texas House Democrats turned to the rule book Sunday, thwarting plans to speed the regulation bill toward passage by forcing a crucial delay in the waning days of the special session. Senate Bill 5, a catch-all abortion regulation bill, needs two House votes before it can return to the Senate, and under the Texas Constitution and House rules, those votes must be taken on separate days. House Republicans had a plan to hold both votes on Senate Bill 5 on Sunday, returning the bill to the Senate on Monday in hopes of avoiding a threatened filibuster. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday.

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