Texas House committee meets on abortion in small room


A Texas House committee considering new restrictions on abortions has scheduled another hearing when it will likely approve at least some of the tighter regulations.

House Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook provided notice of the meeting two hours and 16 minutes before Friday's hearing in a room that can hold only 30 people and does not have a video feed. It comes after hundreds of abortion rights supporters packed a hearing Thursday until 3:30 a.m.

Opponents hoped to stall the measures, but Cook cut off public testimony saying it was becoming repetitive. A Democrat said in 20 years she'd never seen a chairman deny witnesses a chance to speak.

The proposed laws would limit which clinics and doctors can perform abortions and would ban abortions after 20 weeks instead of 24.