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AUSTIN (KYTX)- The Texas House voted 98-49 to pass House Bill 2, which will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Texas lawmakers are closer to sending the bill to the desk of Governor Rick Perry. This was a provisional vote and the House must vote to approve the bill once again Wednesday before sending it to the Senate. 

After more than 10 hours of debate and more than 20 tabled amendments, East Texas supporters who went to the capitol Tuesday morning were glad their trip wasn't in vain.

"I know that lawmakers in Austin are hearing Texans loud and clear, it does give a message to the lawmakers that Texans are pro-life," said Dan Cummins, East Texas pastor.

The bill will also require abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the facility. The doctors will be required to administer abortion-inducing drugs in person instead of allowing women to take them at home. 

On Tuesday supporters in blue and opponents in orange gathered in Austin to watch state representatives debate the bill. 

"We've heard over and over again that today really isn't about the vote, it's about letting the national media see where Texas stands," said Suzanne Laine, supporter of the bill. 

This bill came back to the forefront when Governor Perry called a second special session at the end of June.

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