The month long highly emotional battle over that proposed new abortion bill will be passed by the Teas Senate today, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, says he will not allow what he called 'mob tactics' to delay Senate business. Last month when the Senate was poised to approve the bill, shouting, jeering, and chants from pro choice backers in the galleries forced the Senate to delay a vote until the special session expired.
"Unfortunately on June 25 I gave that instruction and the chain of command broke down," Dewhurst said. "State Police understand now that if I give that order, we are going to clear the gallery."
The measure would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation on the argument that the fetus in the womb feels pain after that point. It would also require all abortion clinics to be registered as ambulatory surgical centers, which requires much stronger requirements for staffing and equipment, and it would require that all abortion clinics have a physician on staff who has admission privileges at a hospital at least 30 miles from the clinic.
Governor Perry is then expected to sign the bill.
Meanwhile, Wendy Davis, who became a national figure for her 11 hour filibuster of the abortion bill last month, got a rude welcome when she appeared at a rally in San Antonio last night.
Dozens of pro life supporters shouted and jeered Davis and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro when they attempted to speak at Sunset Station.