Watch live: Texas special session to pass strict anti-abortion bill

By Kay Steiger
Monday, July 1, 2013 15:00 EDT
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Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D)
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After the Texas state Senate failed to pass an anti-abortion bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and enact strict measures on abortion clinics that are likely to close all but five clinics in the state, the Texas legislature reconvened to conduct another “emergency” session to pass the bill.

The bill failed to come to a vote before the midnight deadline on June 26, due to a more than 10-hour filibuster by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), several other Democratic state senators delaying on poins of order and a rancorous crowd. Almost immediately after the bill’s defeat, Republican Gov. Rick Perry ordered the legislature to gather for a special session to pass the bill.

Watch live broadcast via the Texas Tribune, below (House on top, Senate on bottom):

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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