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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.

In a major victory for the anti-abortion movement, the Texas state Senate passed a sweeping bill early Saturday that has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it in short order.

But the fight is not over. Abortion rights supporters say that the new law attempts to overturn Roe vs. Wade in Texas, and that's why they plan to take their fight to the courts.

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update, Saturday 11 a.m.: Pro-abortion-rights protesters say they don't believe the DPS statement about feces and urine, and the Texas Tribune couldn't find a single DPS officer who reported confiscating bodily fluids.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

The “Stand With Texas Women” bus tour parked in the middle of a sea of orange in Fort Worth Wednesday night.

Senator Wendy Davis along with other North Texas Democrats and hundreds of pro-choice activists gathered to rally for women’s rights.

Veronica Zaragovia / KUT News

The Texas House of Representatives has approved new abortion limits less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT News

The steps of the state Capitol were awash in orange and blue Monday night as the Texas House prepares for the abortion bill to come to the floor Tuesday.

After pro-choice activists packed the Capitol and helped kill abortion restrictions two weeks ago, the right-to-life crowd is leaving nothing to chance.

Texas Legislature Online streaming

More than 1700 people lined up this morning to speak before the Senate Health and Human Services committee on a bill that would add new abortion restrictions in Texas.

After an all-afternoon (and almost all-night) hearing, a Texas House committee approved the abortion restrictions that protesters and filibustering state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) stalled last week.

LeAnn Wallace / YNN

Less than a week after protesters and Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, ran the clock out on a tough new abortion bill, they were back Monday -- this time clad in orange.

But their opponents, too, returned for the start of the second legislative special session. And with an iron grip on the Capitol, Republicans vowed not to allow the bill to fail this time around.

State Sen. Wendy Davis (and her sneakers) got the headlines, but it took thousands more voices to shout down the Texas Senate's abortion restrictions this week. The Texas Tribune has an in-depth look at how the protests came together. And don't miss this nugget deep in the story: “I turned my hearing aids all the way down and I still got deaf from the noise,” said David Plylar of San Antonio, who attended the protests with his wife. “But it was a happy noise.”

Gov. Rick Perry is blaming an unruly "mob" and a senator's filibuster for killing a bill this week that would have further restricted Texas abortions. 

The governor found a receptive audience for his message Thursday at the  National Right to Life Convention in Dallas. 

Texas Governor Rick Perry's office / Flickr

Gov. Rick Perry had some harsh words Thursday for pro-choice protesters and state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat whose 10-hour filibuster helped kill a bill restricting abortions.

KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports from the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas that Perry said the crowd at the Capitol “hijacked the democratic process.” Here's a video of his speech:

The online non-profit news service, a partner of KERA, emerged as the primary source for hundreds of thousands watching the live stream of Tuesday night's filibuster soap opera in Austin.

Texas Tribune

Those celebrating the legislative defeat of new abortion restrictions in Texas had a short-lived victory.  Governor Rick Perry has called a new, 30-day special session beginning Monday where legislators will likely vote again on the same measures.

Bonica Ayala / bonicaayala.com

Anyone who tuned into Tuesday night’s filibuster drama knows just how important a role the crowd played, yelling and shouting at one point for 15 minutes straight. Lawmakers may have been able to pass Senate Bill 5 if not for the din under the dome.

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

A victory for those opposing new abortion restrictions in Texas may be short-lived.

Gov. Rick Perry has asked state lawmakers to take up strict new abortion rules in a second special session to start Monday.

The hashtag #StandWithWendy took off into the social-media stratosphere: Even a certain White House tweeter joined the party. Buzzfeed takes a look at how Wendy-mania took hold.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

From Austin to Hollywood to the White House, Wendy Davis had the political world riveted Tuesday night with her marathon filibuster of bill that would have given Texas one of the toughest abortion laws in the nation. Turns out the 50-year-old Democrat is no stranger to political, and life, battles.

Dallas Morning News colleague Christy Hoppe provides a timeline of events that concluded in a raucous public display in the Senate gallery. The loud outburst essentially extended Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster and ran out the clock on signing the abortion bill before the midnight deadline. Question now: Will Governor Perry call another special session?

State Senate/Texas Tribune

Update, 6:20 a.m.: Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis started it. A raucous, roaring crowd of spectators finished it. And when the dust finally cleared about 3 a.m., Texas Republicans admitted it: One of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the nation didn't get the required Senate vote by a midnight deadline.

Outnumbered Democrats declared victory after the daylong (and nightlong) drama. But their win could be shortlived: Gov. Rick Perry, who called the 30-day special session that ended at midnight, could do the same thing again. No official word came by early Wednesday morning on whether he would.

Wendy Davis campaign / KERA News

State Senator Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, says she was surprised and saddened to learn Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed a bill she sponsored which sought to prevent pay discrimination against women in Texas.

Davis says the legislation she carried would have aligned Texas law with federal law by giving women in Texas more time to take action if they believed they were the victims of pay discrimination.

State Senator Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, wants Governor Rick Perry to go further in cleaning up CPRIT, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas Senator Wendy Davis says her top legislative priority is education funding. The newly re-elected lawmaker who beat Republican Mark Shelton says she is not just for public schools, but also for higher education.

Bill Zeeble, KERA

Democrat Wendy Davis held onto her State Senate seat in Tarrant County seat with a tough, tight win over Republican State Rep.  Mark Shelton.

At the top of the Texas ticket, Republican Mitt Romney is expected to win and claim the state’s 38 electoral votes.

Wendy Davis Campaign

Documents requested by KERA show Texas Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth waited two years to comply with a law requiring her to disclose business relationships with lobbyists. Davis’ campaign spokesman, Anthony Spangler, responded in an email, “As soon as she learned of the requirement she amended the report.”

District 10 is one of the most expensive state senate races in Texas history, and in Tarrant County it’s coming down to the wire as Republican Rep. Mark Shelton battles to unseat Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis.

You've seen the attack ads on TV. State Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, Mark Shelton were throwing elbows Thursday during their first debate.

At least twice in the past few days, a homeless man tried talking to Fort Worth State Senator Wendy Davis about a Michigan taser incident. She wasn’t in the office. Then Cedric Steele left part of a dead animal for Davis, calling it a new species he wanted her to know about. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the next day, Steele fire-bombed her office.

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