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Texas advances new abortion limits despite court defeats

By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature is advancing tough new limits on abortion, striking back after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted many tough restrictions on the procedure it passed previously.

The Texas House was voting Friday to ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. That's despite similar laws being blocked by courts in Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana.

That contentious provision was added to a bill requiring burying or cremating fetal remains from abortions, even though a federal judge has already blocked an existing Texas state rule mandating the same thing.

The bill also bars the sale or donation of fetal tissue.

Final approval should come Saturday, despite Democratic objections. The bill already cleared the state Senate, but would return there because the House is expanding its scope.

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