Texas Senate Approves Controversial Abortion Bill

The Texas Senate has approved a controversial abortion bill, sending the bill to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law, NBC News reported. The bill overturned a temporary victory by Texas state Democrats and Sen. Wendy Davis, passing the bill that puts new restrictions on abortion procedures -- banning most abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, placing new requirements on what facilities could perform the procedures and limit inducing an abortion by taking a pill. Abortion rights activists have said that the new law would shut down all but six facilities in the state where abortions are performed. Gov. Perry had made passing the bill a priority and said Friday that the state Legislature "took its final step in our historic effort to protect life."

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