There has been a lot of tension in the air with regards to women’s rights; specifically their rights to make their own decisions about their bodies. While a huge part of Obama’s 2012 campaign was women’s rights and he got a lot of support from women’s groups, there was still a lot of push back from those who do not believe that women’s rights apply when it comes to abort!on.
The state of Texas has been drawing a lot of attention because of their push to ban abort!on and they have just had a major success in their efforts.
The Texas Senate has passed a controversial bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and will force all but five of the state’s abortion clinics to close.
The bill was passed in a vote of 19-11.
Protesters on both sides of the issue took over the Texas capitol Friday because of the abortion bill.
The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions late Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol and made the state the focus of the national abortion debate.
Republicans used their large majority in the Texas Legislature to pass the bill nearly three weeks after a filibuster by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and an outburst by abortion-rights activists in the Senate gallery disrupted a deadline vote June 25.
Called back for a new special session by Perry, lawmakers took up the bill again as thousands of supporters and opponents held rallies and jammed the Capitol to testify at public hearings. As the Senate took its final vote, protesters in the hallway outside the chamber chanted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Democrats have called the GOP proposal unnecessary and unconstitutional. Republicans said the measure was about protecting women and unborn children.
The Senate’s debate took place between a packed gallery of demonstrators, with anti-abortion activists wearing blue and abortion-rights supporters wearing orange. Security was tight, and state troopers reported confiscating bottles of urine and feces as they worked to prevent another attempt to stop the Republican majority from passing the proposal.