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Senate still debating abortion bill, may work through weekend


The Texas Senate is in session, debating before the final vote of the controversial abortion bill. So far, however, no vote has been scheduled.

Democrats have started a delay tactic, by tacking on amendments to the bill. The amendments would add exceptions for cases of rape and incest and to remove some of the more restrictive clauses.

The debate on this bill has brought out passionate opinions from East Texans.

Voices have returned to the capitol, from vocal opposition to a controversial bill to silence from its supporters.

Hundreds packed the capitol rotunda  to let their opinion be known. East Texans, some who were in Austin earlier in the week, returned to see the bill through. Representatives already passed the bill, but some East Texas lawmakers were at the capitol on their off day.

Democrats acknowledge that the bill will likely pass, but senators are prepared for another marathon session tonight.

If the vote is not taken, they could be called back as soon as Saturday or Sunday.

KLTV is on the scene in Austin and will update you as voting begins.

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