Republican legislators in Texas passed a bill that would provide some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion limits and force its clinics to close.
‘Final step in effort to protect life’
Over 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to express their opposition to the proposed bill, including six protesters who were pulled out of the Senate chamber by state troopers for trying to interrupt the debate.
The Republican majority passed the bill with all but one Democrat who voted against it.
“Today the Texas legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life,” said Governor Rick Perry, who decided to sign the bill into law. “This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women’s health.”
Lawsuit for abortion clinics who will not abide by the law
Democrats promised a legal move against the law, which will forbid abortions after 20 weeks, oblige doctors who conduct abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital, and require all abortions to be performed in surgical centers.
Only five abortion clinics meet the necessary requirements to be a surgical center, and clinic owners say they cannot afford to upgrade or relocate.
“There will be a lawsuit. I promise you,” Dallas Sen. Royce West strictly claimed, raising his right hand as if taking an oath.