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Fetal “heartbeat” bill, which could ban abortions at six weeks, nears passage in the Legislature

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has signaled that he is looking forward to signing the bill.

A visitor of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021.
State Rep. Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, speaks on the House floor in support of an anti-abortion bill on May 5, 2021.
State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is surrounded by fellow Democrats after testifying against a proposed anti-abortion bill on the House floor on May 5, 2021.

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