Senate Panel Approves Omnibus Abortion Bill

Updated, Friday 2:30 p.m.:

An omnibus abortion regulation bill is headed to the full Senate for debate after receiving tentative approval Friday from a panel of senators.

Senate Bill 5 would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, heighten regulatory standards for facilities that perform abortions, require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting procedures at nearby hospitals, and require doctors who administer abortion-inducing drugs to do so in person. The full Senate is set to take up the legislation on Tuesday.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 5 to 2 — with state Sens. Royce ...

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