Texas looks at more abortion limits after clinic closures

By PAUL J. WEBER and EVA RUTH MORAVEC
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New proposed abortion restrictions are advancing in Texas two years after the state adopted some of the toughest measures in the U.S.

Dozens of Texas abortion clinics have closed under Republican-backed laws in recent years. There could be only eight remaining if a federal appeal court in New Orleans upholds a sweeping anti-abortion bill passed in 2013.

That decision is potentially still weeks out, but Texas Republicans aren't waiting for a ruling while they pursue new limits.

One bill up for discussion Wednesday would hold doctors or counselors criminally liable if they were found to have coerced a woman into ending a pregnancy. It was filed by a first-term Republican who says she was pressured into an abortion as a teenager.

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