POSTED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 4:44am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:02am
TEXAS (KETK) — The abortion debate continued into the night at the state capitol in Austin, and a decision was finally reached after midnight, the Texas Senate approved a measure that would severely restrict abortions in the state by a vote of 19 to 11, the Texas senate approved House Bill 2.
Supporters and opponents sat in the gallery and watched as the debate went late into the night. Democrats in the state tried to add 21 amendments to the bill, all were rejected.
The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it also requires all abortions to be performed in a surgical center and for doctors performing them to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away from their clinics.
Currently, only five abortion clinics in Texas can remain open under the new law. This will make Texas the state with the most restrictive abortion laws in the entire country.
After tne Senate reached their agreement Governor Rick Perry issued this statement applauding the pro-life bill:
“Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life. This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women's health. I am proud of our lawmakers, and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans.”