Texas Senate convenes to debate abortion bill

Bill would close most abortion clinics

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has convened to begin debate and ultimately vote on a bill to implement some of the nation's toughest abortion laws.

Demonstrators on either side of the issue filled the Senate chamber Friday afternoon, with state police lining the gallery to stop anyone from disrupting the proceedings.

A Democratic filibuster and an angry protest prevented the bill from becoming law on June 25 in the final minutes of the first special session.

Democrats concede there is little they can do to stop the measure that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, require abortions take place in surgical centers and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Gov. Rick Perry has made the bill a top priority in the U.S.'s second most-populous state.

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