Texas Senate passes abortion and critical race theory bills in special session

The Texas Senate approved measures restricting abortion and amending rules about critical race theory Friday, advancing two of the 11 priorities listed in Gov. Greg Abbott’s agenda for the special legislative session.

Lawmakers passed S.B. 4 19-3, with one Democrat joining 18 Republicans, to tighten rules relating to access to abortion-inducing drugs such as mifepristone.

The bill outlaws the provision of such drugs by mail and adds rules requiring physicians who provide the drugs to perform an in-person examination of the patient first to determine her blood type and whether or not the pregnancy is ectopic.

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