Texas Senate Passes Restrictive Abortion Law
(DALLAS) Late Friday night, the Texas Senate gave final passage to a strict new law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, require doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions take place in "surgical centers."
Democrats call the law a backdoor ban on abortions and have vowed to take it to court. Republicans contend that the measure protects the health of women and babies.
A 19-11 vote in favor of the new abortion restrictions sends the measure to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who has already said that he would sign the proposal into law.
Two weeks ago, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis managed to delay the proposal with a 13-hour fillibuster. Planned Parenthood helped to organize a post-vote protest march and rally.
According to the Washington Post, just six of Texas' 42 abortion clinics meet the new requirements, which means dozens will likely be closed. Clinics must meet the new standards by September 2014.
Texas Democrats say that they will continue to fight the legislation both in the courts as well as through public voting.
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