Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Sweeping Abortion Bill Into Law

The governor signed into law on Thursday new abortion restrictions that had sparked a lengthy filibuster and intense protests at the state Capitol.

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The new law will ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, restrict abortions to surgical centers, require abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, and dictate when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken.

Supporters of the law say it will ensure high-quality health care for women and fetuses, but opponents argue it is designed to make abortions harder to obtain. The law will take effect in October and clinics will have a year to upgrade their facilities or shutdown, the Associated Press reported.

5. Pro abortion rights protesters rallied for weeks against the bill in Texas.

Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner / AP

6. And Democratic Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis launched a marathon filibuster against the bill.

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