Texas Senate approves abortion restrictions, bills move to house

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) – The Texas state Senate passed six laws intended to restrict abortion on Tuesday, including one that, if approved by lawmakers in the lower chamber and signed by the governor, would prohibit the procedure once a fetal heartbeat was detected. The half-dozen bills mark the latest effort by right-leaning state legislatures to roll back abortion rights since former President Donald Trump’s three appointments to the Supreme Court gave conservatives a 6-3 majority. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in February signed a law outlawing abortion once a fetal heartbeat was det…

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