Rick Perry signs sweeping abortion restrictions into Texas law


Cheryl Wetzstein
Washington Times
July 18, 2013

After a fight that attracted national attention, Texas Gov. Rick Perry Thursday signed an abortion law that is widely expected to result in the closing of numerous abortion clinics in the state and greatly reduce the number of late-term abortions.

The new law “builds upon our commitment to protecting life in the state of Texas,” Mr. Perry said at the signing ceremony in Austin, which was attended by some 100 state lawmakers.

Pro-life groups cheered the law, which was passed in a special legislative session after Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered an earlier attempt to pass the bill in a performance that became an Internet sensation. Texas is the largest of a group of states that have passed far-reaching new laws to restrict abortions in recent months.

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