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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does not think the bill he helped draft and pass through the Senate should be combined with House-passed legislation, spokesman Alex Conant told TPM and Politico in stories published on Monday.

Rubio has been backing away from the bill, which he drafted with the so-called “gang of eight,” since its passage in June, saying the House should work its will instead. But House Republicans plan to take a very different approach to the one Rubio pushed through with significant bipartisan support only four months ago.

The reason, according to Conant, is that he — not wrongly — thinks the “gang of eight” bill is opposed by majority of Republicans in the House and has always favored a piecemeal approach. While the House GOP is unlikely to pass the comprehensive bill, advocates hope it can be combined in a conference committee with whatever the House passes…

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Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Law

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

finally… some justice

U.S.

A federal judge blocked part of Texas’ tough new abortion law as unconstitutional on Monday, just hours before it was set to go into effect.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel made the decision after hearing three days of testimony about the law, among the toughest anti-abortion measures in the country, the Associated Press reports. Among other things, the law would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, cut back on where and when women can take pills that induce abortions, and block abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Yeakel ruled the law would violate the rights of patients to access abortion and of doctors to do what’s best for their patients. The state is likely to file an emergency appeal.

Lawyers for Texas abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, argued that the new law would shut down a third of abortion clinics in the entire state, and…

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