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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.

Gov Perry just signed #hb2 into law. @nbcdfw

Omar Villafranca

@OmarVillafranca

Gov Perry just signed #hb2 into law. @nbcdfw

Clapping as Perry hugs Dem Sen Lucio for supporting abortion bill #hb2 @nbcdfw

Omar Villafranca

@OmarVillafranca

Clapping as Perry hugs Dem Sen Lucio for supporting abortion bill #hb2 @nbcdfw

Jon Passantino is a deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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