Texas Abortion Ban Dies in Senate after Filibuster

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A sweeping new abortion bill is dead in the Texas Senate after failing to pass before its midnight deadline.
   
Tuesday's vote drew hundreds to the state's Capitol and thousands more watched a live stream.
    
The cries from pro-choice supporters in the Texas Senate chamber drowned out Republicans attempting to vote on the pro-life measure.
        
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called the crowd of nearly 400 an 'unruly mob' and blamed them for using Occupy Wall Street tactics to disrupt the Senate from protecting unborn babies. He said the bill passed 19 to 10 but because of all the noise he couldn't hear the proceedings.
  
Senate bill SB5 restricts abortions after 20 weeks. It also puts significant restrictions on abortion, doctors and clinics.

Opponents say it could shut 37 of the 42 clinics in the state.

"It is about women's health. Those parts of the bill were about women's health. The 20-week ban is truly about the pain of a 5-month-old baby going through an abortion," state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, said.
    
Before the protestors erupted in the Senate gallery, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered against the bill for 11 hours.
    
Abortion opponents like Elizabeth Guidry of San Marcos cheered her on, arguing the laws would make it nearly impossible for a woman to get a legal abortion.

"They're trying to make it very, very difficult for the women in Texas to have that choice," Guidry said.
     
Davis' filibuster was halted before the midnight deadline approached when Dewhurst ruled she had gone off topic. But then the protestors stepped in, and a time stamp on the vote showed it failed to meet its deadline.

The proceedings drew thousands of online viewers as well and even caught the attention of President Obama's official Twitter account, which tweeted out "something special is happening in Austin tonight."
        
Twenty-four states nationwide are pushing to regulate abortion clinics, causing abortion advocates to push back harder and sparking a countrywide debate.
    
The case of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering three babies born alive, has also focused more public attention on the issue of abortion.

Meanwhile, Dewhurst hinted that Gov. Rick Perry may call another special session to get the bill passed.

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