In the meantime to Texas this evening -- to a decision already made setting off a firestorm now being debated across this country. Overnight Texas lawmakers passing what are the most restrictive laws... See More
In the meantime to Texas this evening -- to a decision already made setting off a firestorm now being debated across this country. Overnight Texas lawmakers passing what are the most restrictive laws when it comes to abortion. Could there soon be fewer than a half dozen abortion clinics in that entire state ABC's violence from Austin tonight. It was -- to -- finally press regrets Williamson. Just. For the stroke of midnight the lone star state became the largest state. To -- severe restrictions on abortion this bill raises the standard of care and taxes. Hundreds of protesters gathered to witness the historic day. A few had to be pulled away from the State Capitol. Isn't that inquiry. It's a beginning point as we -- to take this. State senator Wendy Davis has become the face of opposition to the Republican sponsored bill that will make abortion illegal after twenty weeks. It also will require the procedures be done only in surgical centers I'm. Rising on the floor today two weeks ago Davis filibuster this bill in her pink sneakers crew thirteen hours. At this time -- even she had to admit she didn't have. The votes don't think he'll be -- -- -- today supporters say the law will make abortion safer. Opponents say it will shut down most of texas' 42 abortion clinics leaving just five open across the massive state. Similar bills have already passed and a half dozen other states and just this week legislators in North Carolina are debating them. Courts have blocked abortion restrictions in several of those states and Ricky Davis says the lawsuit will be filed in Texas. The second the governor signs this bill. Bryan -- ABC news Austin.
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