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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A hotly debated tightening of abortion rules for Texas teenagers – which has already cleared the state House – is slowing activity to a crawl in the Senate, where Democrats are using logistical tactics to stall a vote.

Soon after discussion of the bill began Monday, opponents raised technical objections, delaying work for an hour. Wednesday marks a key deadline to pass bills in the upper chamber.

The proposal being considered further limits the “judicial bypass” process, which enables teens to have abortions in extreme cases, when they can’t get the required parental consent.

Opponents say it unfairly harms young women when they most need help.

A priority for Republicans who control both chambers, passing the House nonetheless took hours. The Senate looks to be in for a similar ride.

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