The Senate, after a long debate that invoked faith, constitutional rights and health statistics, approved a bill that would restrict abortions by stepping up requirements for clinics and doctors.
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-12 as opponents filled the gallery above and hundreds more waited outside. The bill now goes to the House. After the vote, people in the hall began chanting, “Shame, shame, shame.” A woman in the gallery who yelled “Shame on you” was arrested.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ordered the gallery cleared moments before the Senate adjourned.
Supporters said the new regulations are needed for safety, while opponents said the real intent is to deny access to abortions. Read the story here.