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Shouting demonstrators kill legislation barring late-term abortions in Texas

June 26, 2013

Shouting pro-abortion demonstrators in the Texas state capitol building prevented the enactment of a bill banning late-term abortions in the state in a late-night confrontation on June 25.

The abortion bill—which would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles—was passed by the Texas senate just before midnight after legislators broke a filibuster by abortion proponents. But angry protests from spectators caused chaos in the chamber, and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was unable to sign the bill, as legally required, before the legislative session formally ended at midnight.

Dewhurst denounced the “unruly mob” that prevented enactment of a law that the legislature had approved. His opponents defended the protesters, saying that they were only making their voices heard, and blamed the Republican majority for a failure to control the legislative process.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 26, 2013 7:23 PM ET USA

    This Planned Parenthood mob was organized and encouraged by legislators from a certain political party. They are an embarrassment to all true Texans.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 26, 2013 11:57 AM ET USA

    This kind of thing combined with the immoral rulings of the Supreme Court these last several decades, reinforces my alienation from this country. I feel no allegiance whatsoever any longer to this government or its symbols, all products of the lie called "the Enlightenment." For years it has been clear that any place that honors men like Jefferson, an arrogant slave owner who sang praises to liberty while attempting to rewrite the Bible, never deserved respect, let alone loyalty.