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Texas House Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

In Texas, lawmakers cut short debate and approved new abortion regulations that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, among other things. In Wisconsin, a bill would require an abortion doctor to make burial arrangements for a fetus.

The Associated Press: Texas Lawmakers Approve Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session. ... The measure would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limit abortions to surgical centers. Supporters say the bill will raise the standard of women's health care, but opponents point out the bill would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state (Tomlinson, 6/24).

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Abortion Bills Await Governor's Signature Or More Debate
Just days after the passage of legislation requiring an ultrasound before an abortion, a bill proposed by an Assembly Republican would require an abortion doctor to make burial or cremation arrangements for an aborted fetus. Proposed by Rep. Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay), the legislation would require a fetus more than 10 weeks old to be either buried, cremated or donated for medical training or research. The woman would not have to give her consent to the arrangements, nor would she have to be told they are occurring, under the bill (Phillis, 6/23). 

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