Abortion bill to be taken up in next special session

Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., District 27

Senate Bill 5 failed to pass after an 11 hour filibuster and noisy protesters blocked a vote from being made by the midnight deadline.

Abortion is expected to be taken up again in a special session called by Governor Rick Perry today.

The second special session will begin on Monday, July 1st.

The bill would have shut down a majority of abortion clinics including clinics in the Rio Grande Valley.

The women in the Valley would have to travel all the way to San Antonio. That TMs the closest one that would meet the requirements and the standards, Patricio Gonzales, CEO of Planned Parenthood in Hidalgo and Starr County, said.

Gonzales said the protesters' efforts sent a message to Texas lawmakers.

Well, it says that Texans have said enough is enough; they do not want this to be voted on, Gonzales said.

Supporters of the bill say the it is meant to enhance women TMs healthcare.

It TMs just a difference of opinion. A lot of people felt that we were violating women TMs rights, I felt the opposite, Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. of District 27, said.

The bill would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, called for upgrades to facilities making them ambulatory surgical centers, and would also require doctors to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles.

This bill is the back-door plan to ban abortions, plain and simple, Gonzales said.

Those against the bill say the people TMs filibuster sent a message across the state and the country.

A woman, her doctor and her faith should be making her medical decisions, not a politician, Gonzales said.

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