Texas Republican lawmakers finally managed to pass tough new abortion restrictions. The Republican majority passed the bill just before midnight Friday, with all but one Democrat voting against it.
Republicans rejected some 20 amendments proposed by Democrats who wanted to water down the proposed restrictions.
The bill includes a ban on abortion after 20 weeks and requires abortion clinics to raise their health and safety standards. Its passage comes three weeks after a filibuster and rowdy protestors blocked the measure.
On Saturday, more than 2,000 demonstrators filled the state Capitol building Saturday to voice their opposition.
The high-profile case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell has energized pro-life supporters, many of whom stood their ground at the Capitol.
"We're here to make sure that if you call it safe abortion, it better be safe abortion and it's not," pro-life advocate Molly White said.
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Meanwhile, Democrats promised to fight the measure in the courts and at the ballot box.
"Tonight is not an ending point, it's a beginning point as we work to take this state back," state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, vowed.
Davis said the bill's requirements are too strenuous and will force 90 percent clinics in the state to close.
But Texas Gov. Rick Perry disputed that claim.
"I don't agree with her premise and I don't agree with her numbers and I think history will prove that she is wrong by asserting that," he told the CNN's "State of the Union."
Perry expressed confidence the bill was constitutional and would withstand any legal challenge.
"This gets back to the issue of should the states be able to make these decisions or should we allow this big cumbersome federal government to decide for all of us?" the governor said.
"Most people, I think, in this country - and in Texas, certainly - believe that six months is too late to be deciding whether or not these babies should be aborted or not. And we put the limit at five months in this bill," he added.
Perry is expected to sign the bill into law this week.