AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pushed ahead Monday with aggressive efforts to pass tough new abortion restrictions they failed to approve last month, scheduling a House vote and beginning what promised to be a marathon public hearing about the legislation.
Activists for and against the proposed restrictions descended on the Capitol for the hearing, wearing their signature colors. About 2,000 anti-abortion demonstrators in blue staged a Capitol rally that heavily invoked God and Biblical teachings.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress, the controversial pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, energized the crowd by describing the debate over abortion as a fight “between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.”
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