Gov. Rick Perry Calls 2nd Special Session on Abortion

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AUSTIN, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session to pass restrictions on abortion.

The first such effort died following a filibuster and rollicking late Tuesday night protest.

The announcement gives Republicans another crack at passing sweeping anti-abortion rules that would close nearly all clinics performing the procedure in the country's second-largest state.

It passed the House, but died after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis led a more than 12-hour filibuster effort. Hundreds of protesters then cheered, disrupting Senate proceedings as the session closed at midnight.

Perry can call as many 30-day extra sessions as he likes, but lawmakers can only take up those issues he assigns.


Statement from Lieutenant Governor David Dewhust on the new special session:

"I congratulate Gov. Perry for his decision to call a second Special Session to address the issues derailed by the actions of an angry mob in the closing moments of the first. Texas is unlike any other state because our leaders are willing to stand up in the face of pressure from Washington and special interest groups in the pursuit of freedom. I look forward to seeing the members of the Legislature on July 1st as we once again take up our charge to advocate for all of Texas and put the finishing touches on one of the most successful sessions in decades."


Statement from State Senator Charles Schwertner, who represents District 5:

"Last night, we witnessed a thoroughly disappointing display in the Texas Senate; a public spectacle that included a loss of parliamentary control and a breakdown of the Senate's long-standing traditions and decorum. While I'm saddened and frustrated that Senate Bill 5 was prevented from becoming law due to a day-long Democratic filibuster, I remain proud of the many conservative victories we were able to achieve for Texas families this session, including an improved public education system, nearly $1.3 billion in tax relief, funding for critical water infrastructure, and a balanced, conservative state budget that does not raise taxes on our hard-working citizens."


News 3 has reached out to the author of Senate Bill 5, State Senator Glenn Hegar, who represents Burleson and Washington Counties, among others. We have not received comment.