Senate Approves Abortion Bill In Wee Hours
The Texas Senate spent another late night debating some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation. But this time, things turned out as expected.
Senators voted 19-11 to send the bill to Gov. Rick Perry for a signature. The Texas Tribune reports that thousands of protesters outside the Capitol erupted after the decision. But inside the chamber there was none of the raucous yelling and chanting that ran the clock out on the bill two and a half weeks ago.
Friday was not without drama, though. Security was incredibly tight, and the Department of Public Safety said in a statement that it confiscated "one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded."
Austin's Kirk Watson, leader of the Senate Democrats, called the tampon seizures "boneheaded," and pro-abortion-rights protesters cast doubts on the claims about feces and urine. The Tribune couldn't find a single DPS officer who had confiscated bodily fluids.
Member station KUT in Austin followed the action past midnight.