Texas lawmakers are back, and so is abortion fight

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, (D., Fort Worth), stands on the state senate floor during her 11-hour filibuster to block an abortion bill June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, (D., Fort Worth), stands on the state senate floor during her 11-hour filibuster to block an abortion bill June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature has recessed for the week, less than an hour after convening its second special session. That was just long enough to refer abortion legislation to committees for public hearings.

Lawmakers convened Monday to consider new abortion restrictions derailed last week by a Democratic senator's filibuster and raucous protests.

Although there will be no further action on either floor until next week, committees will be in session this week. The chairman of the House State Affairs Committee said he'd cut off testimony on the bill at midnight Tuesday and expects the full House to get it next week.

Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back for an additional 30 days to pass a new law that limits where, when and how a woman may obtain an abortion in Texas.

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