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Survey: Hispanics like Pope Francis and the Democratic Party

A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they're overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party.

But a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Friday at the Religion Newswriters Association conference finds that their religious profile is shifting:

Texas stiffens abortion restrictions; pro-lifers rally to support bill

The drama in Texas over abortion that drew national and international attention came to an end for the moment after the state House of Representatives then the state Senate voted to adopt tougher abortion regulations.

Gov. Rick Perry signed the measure into law during a ceremony Wednesday.

The new law prohibits abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy, requires abortion clinics to be certified as surgical centers and increases regulations on doctors and abortion-inducing drugs.

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