Texas Senate decides fate of abortion bill

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POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 6:25pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 6:29pm

The Senate will decide the fate of the abortion bill Friday night.

Wednesday, the house approved the legislation - which would ban abortion after 20 weeks and potentially close up almost 90% of the state's abortion clinics.

The Senators are pretty confident the pro-life bill will pass.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree, it's on it's way to Gov. Rick Perry's desk.

State Representative Matt Schaefer says he expects the bill to pass in the Senate, but the conversation over abortion should not be over.

Both Schaefer and Representative Bryan Hughes expect the Senate to have a vigorous debate but will wrap up things late Friday night.

"At the end of the day, the people's voice on the floor is our elected representative we want to hear from all citizens, listen to them, but when its time to do business and it's time to vote, then regular business should be conducted,'' said Rep. Schaefer.

"You know this is a good discussion for us to have and so exchanges of ideas are good. We want to hear from people for and against the bill. It's a good process but in America we have free speech. We enjoy debate but at some point the debate ends and we take a vote and it's time we take a vote," said Rep. Hughes.

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