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

(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."

In this June 27, 2013 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Grapevine, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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