Texas Republicans Schedule New Anti-Abortion Bill Vote On Short Notice, In Tiny Room

Texas state Rep. Byron Cook (R) announced on Friday a second hearing for an omnibus anti-abortion bill two hours and sixteen minutes prior to the time when it was set to begin, in a room that holds only 30 people, the Associated Press reported. The bill, which already passed the state Senate, is likely to be approved in this meeting, according to the AP. 

Hundreds of women from accross Texas packed the state legislature in Austin on Thursday to give hours of testimony against the new restrictions on abortion. Their testimony lasted until 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, at which point Cook, the chair of the committee that would vote on the bill, decided not to hold the vote as planned.

[h/t Maddowblog]


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