TX Dems Talk on to Block Passage of Abortion Ban

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Texas lawmakers are speaking out about why they passed new abortion restrictions, which also require abortion doctors to follow modern medical standards.

On Monday the Texas State House approved a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Opponents call the restrictions a step backward but supporters say it's the opposite since scientists now believe babies can feel pain after 20 weeks.

They also say the new measures protect women's health.

"The standards that are proposed bring abortion providers, physicians, and facilities up to the standard that is commonplace throughout the rest of medicine," State Rep. Greg Bonnen said.

"It is about women's health, those parts of the bill were about women's health. The 20-week ban is truly about the pain of a five-month old baby going through an abortion," State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg argued.

The Texas Senate legislative session ends Tuesday, but Democrats are trying to filibuster the bill to block Republicans from approving it. 

They're banking on state Sen. Wendy Davis to pull them through. Davis began the filibuster at 11:18 a.m. CDT Tuesday. If she's able to speak on the bill continuously until 12 a.m. without leaning on her desk or taking any breaks - even for meals or to use the bathroom; she will be able to derail a vote in the Senate. 

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