-- Lisa Esposito
SATURDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- The Texas state Senate
passed an anti-abortion bill considered one of the most restrictive
in the country Friday night, and Gov. Rick Perry is expected to
sign it into law within a few days.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, hold abortion
clinics to the same standards as surgical centers and require
doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local
The bill was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in
a highly charged atmosphere after heated debate. A previous version
of the bill failed in June after an 11-hour filibuster by
Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth.
After the first bill failed to pass, Perry, a Republican, called
a special session of the Legislature on July 1 to reconsider the
measure. On Friday, more than 2,000 demonstrators packed the
Capitol building in Austin, the
Following passage of the bill, Perry said, "Today, the Texas
Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect
Texas medical groups and the American Congress of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists have opposed the legislation. In a July 2
statement, ACOG said the effort was "plainly intended to restrict
the reproductive rights of women in Texas through a series of
requirements that improperly regulate medical practice and
interfere with the patient-physician relationship."
Democratic legislators said they would continue to oppose the
bill, with a court challenge the likely next step.
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