New session and new fight over abortion looms in Austin

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by JASON WHEELER

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WFAA

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 10:59 PM

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis — the Fort Worth filibusterer who, for hours, literally stood up against sweeping abortion restrictions Tuesday night at the State Capitol in Austin — made the Sunday talk show circuit, including Channel 8’s "Inside Texas Politics."

The Democratic lawmaker applauded the vociferous group that gathered in the Senate gallery last week to voice opposition to legislation putting limits on abortion clinics.

The chaos they caused stalled the vote and killed the bill as the final moments of the special session ticked away.

"What amazed all of us that day is that this was an organic, grass roots movement that started," Davis said.

But Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sees it much differently.

Speaking at the the National Right to Life Convention at the DFW Hyatt Regency over the weekend, he described that crowd in the Capitol like this: "Thousands of abortion advocates were whipped into a frenzy by the International Socialist Organization, the Occupy movement, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU to disrupt our legislative session."

Now, with a second special session starting Monday, Dewhurst will have a second chance to win passage of the abortion measure. And the lieutenant governor said the legislation will be taken up early to ensure it doesn’t die in the 11th hour on his watch again.

Dewhurst warns any spectators who sound off this time will be ejected from the chamber. "Any disruption and I am going to be forced to clear the galleries," he promised.

But Sen. Davis said opponents to the bill are ready for another fight.

"We’ll do everything we can to try to kill this bill," she pledged.

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