Perry Signs It: Texas Abortion Bill Now Law New requirements will take effect in October By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Jul 18, 2013 10:27 AM CDT 327 comments Comments In this June 27, 2013 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Grapevine, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) (Newser) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry made Texas' sweeping new abortion regulations law today, signing a bill that spawned weeks of protests, a legislative three-ring circus, and Wendy Davis' last-ditch filibuster. The law, which takes effect in October, bans abortions after the 20-week mark and requires abortion doctors to have hospital-admitting privileges; only five of the Lone Star State's 42 clinics currently comply. Protesters attended today's ceremony, notes the AP, with signs reading, "Shame."