Protesters Face Off at Capitol Over Abortion Bill

By: Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
By: Jim Vertuno, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate are beginning to fill the Texas Capitol as discussion resumes on a bill imposing new abortion restrictions.

Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers into a 30-day special session to address the bill after a Senate filibuster and a raucous crowd helped defeat it last week.

At least 1,000 protesters had arrived outside the Capitol ahead of a noon rally opposing the bill. One carried a sign saying "Perry will never be pregnant," next to a picture of a coat hanger.

Anti-abortion protesters recited the Lord's Prayer in advance of their own afternoon rally. At one point, protesters signing "Amazing Grace" in the rotunda were met with chants from abortion-rights activists.

At least 100 officers were seen, some with helmets and truncheons.


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