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Members of the gallery cheer and chant as the Texas Senate tries to bring an abortion bill to a vote as time expires, June 26, in Austin, Texas.

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Shouting protesters prevent bill passage

Citizens stage a filibuster of their own AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country. As the protesters raised the noise to deafening levels in the Texas Senate chamber late Tuesday, Republicans scrambled to gather their colleagues at the podium for a stroke-of-midnight vote.

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