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(KYTX) -The emotional debate over abortion restrictions is heating up again.

Thousands of people flooded the state capitol to deliver their message on both sides of the issue.

Cindy Laird of Tyler was our eyes and ears in the state capitol.

"This is our chance, I could not stay home," said Cindy Laird.

People with signs representing Smith County were just a few of the 2,000 people who made a trip to the state capitol.

Lines filled hallways on two floors as people waited to testify on both sides of the issue.

"My husband spoke and I was able to speak, so it's wonderful being able to have a voice," said Laird.

If approved, senate bill 1 would ban abortions after 20 weeks and tighten regulations.

Supporters of the bill dressed in blue, while those against it, dressed in orange.

"This legislature disrespects women by using the excuse of clinics category qualifications to accomplish their goal, which is to eliminate abortions," said Janet Longmore, opponent of the abortion bill.

Opponents of the bill say the new requirements are unnecessary and would force most abortion clinics to close.

Supporters of the bills say they want to reduce access to abortion and improve women's health care.

"There is nothing as telling about the character of a country as what we do with our most innocent, our most vulnerable, our weakest," added Laird.

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