Lawmakers in Texas convened Monday for the second round of a political battle over a proposed measure regulating abortion.
The latest session comes less than a week after a Democratic filibuster and hundreds of angry protestors threw the end of the first special session into chaos.
Last week, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis led the opposition with a 12-hour filibuster.
Republicans tried to use parliamentary technicalities to silence her as the midnight deadline approached, but unruly protestors in the public gallery and surrounding Capitol corridors drowned out the proceedings.
Senators on the floor weren't able to hear, and couldn't pass the bill before the clock ran out, according to the Associated Press.
The Republican majority has promised to pass the wide-ranging abortion bill this time around even as opponents mobilize for more protests.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Republicans need to match the intensity of the protestors.
"The world has seen images of pro-abortion activists screaming, cheering," Perry said. "Going forward, we have to match their intensity but do it with grace and civility."