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Abortion in Texas

The Texas legislature’s special session ended in dramatic fashion early Wednesday, as Senate Bill 5, which would set new restrictions on abortions in Texas, seemed to have been passed by lawmakers. But, as it turns out, they didn’t conduct the vote before midnight – when the session was mandated to end – despite initial claims […]

The Texas legislature's special session ended in dramatic fashion early Wednesday, as Senate Bill 5, which would set new restrictions on abortions in Texas, seemed to have been passed by lawmakers. But, as it turns out, they didn't conduct the vote before midnight – when the session was mandated to end – despite initial claims they had. The vote followed a day-long filibuster by Senator Wendy Davis, which was ultimately ended over disputed Senate rules. Opponents of the proposed bill then shouted from the gallery, adding to the chaos.

Now, Governor Rick Perry has called for another special session, directing the legislature to take up abortion again. We talked to Becca Aaronson, health reporter for the Texas Tribune who was at the legislature and watched events unfold this week.

 

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