Perry Calls Another Special Session on Abortion

After Wendy Davis kills first one with filibuster; it starts next week

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 26, 2013 5:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Will Wendy Davis bust out her pink tennis shoes again? Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called another special legislative session beginning July 1 to put in place stringent new abortion restrictions statewide, reports the Dallas Morning News. Davis famously foiled him the first time around with a 12-plus-hour filibuster last night that helped run out the clock on the special session. (She got some late help from boisterous supporters after Republicans called her on a rules violation.)

No word yet on whether Democrat Davis plans another filibuster, but Perry vows that "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." Abortion isn't the only topic on the agenda for the 30-day special session, but this time Perry plans to have it addressed immediately instead of waiting until the end. The tough new abortion rules would outlaw the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy and effectively shut down most of the state's clinics, reports AP.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, gestures to supporters when time ran out on the special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, gestures to supporters when time ran out on the special session.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reacts after she was called for a rules violation during her filibuster.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reacts after she was called for a rules violation during her filibuster.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, wore these tennis shoes during her filibuster.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, wore these tennis shoes during her filibuster.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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