BREAKING: Perry signs abortion bill into law

BREAKING: Perry signs abortion bill into law
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POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:08am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:21pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the controversial abortion bill on Thursday, that gained widespread attention and spurred large protests in the Lone Star State's capital.

The governor was joined by lawmakers and invited guests to sign the legislation into law this morning.

This is an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women," Gov. Perry said. "In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built."

The bill originally failed to gain approval because of a Democratic filibuster led by state Sen. Wendy Davis. Perry called the legislature into a second special session to continue consideration of the bill.

The bill passed the state House and state Senate last week.

The measure bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, mandates abortion clinics become ambulatory surgical centers, tightens usage guidelines for the drug RU486 and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they're providing such services.

Critics of the measure say it would shut down most abortion clinics in Texas -- denying access to many in rural communities -- and force women to seek dangerous back-alley abortions.

The Republican legislators who support it say the bill isn't about banning abortions, but rather about protecting women's health.

Perry, who was a big voice in support of the bill, announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election next year.

"New research and advanced technology give prematurely-born children a renewed chance at life, which should give us all pause as we argue the definition of viability and consider the human impact of abortion," Gov. Perry said. "Additionally, House Bill 2 ensures that anyone performing abortions in Texas is doing so in a facility that is safe, clean and prepared to deal with any emergencies that might occur - a reasonable, common sense expectation for those caring for the health and safety of Texans."


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He will never be president either way, he is suffering from brain damage and does not remeber things. It is great that we will no longer have him as the leader of the great state of Texas. I could not imagine him ever being the leader of the United States. Dont worry as he could never win and he will be the reason the democrats will win again. Texas thrives on property taxes for local governments, Texas leads in americans losing there houses with rising taxes every year. it is called WASTE...

...and with the wave of a pen and slick rick's scribble, clinics that would have provided family planning, well-woman visits and critical cancer screenings for low-income women will be righteous and holier-than-thou church folks (who are supposed to care for those in need) are making a mockery of what being a Christian is all about. You will pay for those women who go to ERs with advance-stage cancers that could have been treated with earlier win.

I'm 100 percent behind Perry on this. If the liberals are so afraid there might be 'back ally coathanger abortions' then they can finance the baby killing themselves. Yes baby killing, for that is all it is.

To say a woman has complete control of her body belies the fact the child is also in that body. And that life depends on her.

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