Texas Republicans passed an abortion law late this evening with restrictions that are expected to result in the closure of almost ever abortion clinic in the state. The Republican-controlled Senate voted for the bill while protesters shouted from the gallery.
The Texas' special legislative session ended at midnight and Texas' Democrats fought most of the day to delay a final vote on the bill. Republicans cited rules to eventually force a vote on the bill
The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires that all procedures take place in a surgical center. Doctors who perform abortions need admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The surgical center requirement would shut down 37 of Texas' 42 abortion clinics.
If signed into law, the restricitions would result in almost every abortion clinic in Texas closing. In opening remarks, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis said stated she was "rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans" and named Republican efforts to pass the bill a "raw abuse of power."
Democrats selected Davis, of Fort Worth, to lead the fight because of her background as a woman that had her first child as a teenager and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
In the hallway just outside the Senate chamber, hundreds of women stood in line, waiting for people in the gallery to give up their seats. Women's rights supporters wore orange T-shirts to show their support for Davis, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who had halted the Democratic filibuster earlier in the day, reminded those in the gallery that interrupting the proceedings could results in 48 hours in jail.
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