Texas Gov. Tries Again to Push Through Abortion Ban

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special legislative session to give the Republican-controlled statehouse another shot at passing abortion restrictions.
Senate bill SB5 restricts abortions after 20 weeks. It also puts significant restrictions on abortion, doctors and clinics.

The measure was blocked by a 11-hour filibuster from Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

"I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state," Perry said in a statement.

"Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn," he continued. "Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

Political observers say the abortion restrictions will likely pass when that special session begins July 1.

Opponents say the measures could close nearly all abortion clinics in the Lone Star State.

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