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  • Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, greets abortion rights advocates Friday as they leave the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas. Democrats plan to use the GOP decision to pass possibly the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country during the next election.

      Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, greets abortion rights advocates Friday as they leave the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas. Democrats plan to use the GOP decision to pass possibly the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country during the next election.
    Associated Press

 
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The legislation, passed late friday following weeks of mass protests and a high-profile filibuster, allows abortions only in surgical centers, requires doctors who perform them to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, dictates when abortion pills are taken and bans abortions after 20 weeks unless the woman's life is in imminent danger.

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