Texas abortion bill falls after challenge
CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press
JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country.
As the protesters raised the noise to deafening levels in the Texas Senate chamber late Tuesday, Republicans scrambled to gather their colleagues at the podium for a stroke-of-midnight vote.
“Get them out!” Sen. Donna Campbell shouted to a security guard, pointing to the thundering crowd in the gallery overhead that had already been screaming for more than 10 minutes.
“Time is running out,” Campbell pleaded. “I want them out of here!”
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