Texas Lawmakers Return for Abortion Battle, Take 2
Second special session begins today
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
In this June 25, 2013, file photo, Sen. Wendy Davis, center, holds up two fingers to signal a "No" vote as the session where she tried to filibuster an abortion bill draws to a close in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – Less than a week after Wendy Davis filibustered the Texas bill that would shutter most of the state's abortion clinics, state lawmakers have returned to the Capitol to take up the bill again. The first time around, the bill failed on the last day of a special legislative session; Gov. Rick Perry called for a second special session to start today, and Republicans are vowing to get the job done faster this time. The process must start over entirely, the AP reports, but as long as supporters of the bill can hustle a bit, there likely won't be a repeat of Davis' feat because it will come to a final vote while there's still too much time left in the session for a filibuster. ("No human being can talk for two weeks," Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Saturday, according to the Dallas Morning News.)

Davis was also helped along by hundreds of protesters who cheered until the clock ran out, and opponents of the bill are planning to mobilize again. But this time around, there may be "more presence by law enforcement" to ensure that doesn't happen again, says one Republican state senator. The state troopers wouldn't comment on specific plans, but a spokesperson acknowledged that "when necessary, we will adjust our security measures as a situation merits." The legislation has already been resubmitted, the Los Angeles Times reports. The session begins at 2pm, and the bill could come up in committee as soon as tomorrow. But it may not come up for a vote this week, if lawmakers break for the holiday. The session can last up to 30 days, but "we should be out of here in 10 days to two weeks," predicted one Republican state senator. Meanwhile, Davis appeared on three talk shows yesterday, blasting Republicans and warning them that "the eyes of the country are watching."

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Jul 2, 2013 8:57 PM CDT
Message to concerned Texas women; Line up at every hospital for your health care now. Go for pregnancy tests, pap smears, breast screening. Get screened for diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, ulcers, headaches, vision tests, hearing tests, bone scans, endoscopies, skin cancer, throat cancer, brain cancer, menopause, x-rays for hip pain, toothaches, prenatal care and abortions. Line up at hospitals and pressure the govt. and the medical professional to restore women's health facilities. If they won't then keep courting the press to cover the emergency wards at every hospital.
Jul 2, 2013 10:01 AM CDT
The bill will pass and good. This bill puts a stop to 20+ week abortions and keeps these slaughter houses to the same regulations as hospitals and clinics....and why is this so bad? Women that use abortions as birth control should be fixed after the 2nd time. The argument that women or men don't have a way to get some kind of contraceptive is not even an argument anymore. Walk into a Walgreens or any grocery store. And people who say " who is going to pay for the child if there aren't abortions", well it seems like we already are paying for them. Maybe the man and woman who do get pregnant take responsibility for that child. It makes sense to me, but it seems the government wants us all to believe it's up to them to take care of us.
Jul 1, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
Women will die but Republicans consider them expendable.