AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – State Senate Republicans insist proposed new restrictions on abortion facilities are designed to protect women’s health.

But a tweet Wednesday from the account of Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said what Democrats have claimed all along: the plan is an attempt to shut down clinics and all but ban abortion in Texas.

Senate Republicans Tuesday night passed sweeping new restrictions on how Texas abortion clinics operate. Critics say the changes would force most to close.

A tweet from the @DavidHDewhurst Twitter account included a map from an abortion rights group showing clinic locations that says “it would essentially ban abortion statewide.”

“We fought to pass SB5 thru the Senate last night, & this is why!” the tweet said. (see below)

A few hours after posting the original tweet, Dewhurst, who has been the lieutenant governor since 2003, sent another message saying, “I am unapologetically pro-life AND a strong supporter of protecting women’s heath.”

In January Dewhurst joined Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott in Austin for an anti-abortion rally marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision.

A telephone message left with Dewhurst’s office was not immediately returned.

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