Activists in abortion debate fill Capitol

People on both sides of the abortion debate fill up the House gallery to listen to lawmakers debate the abortion restriction bill, House Bill 2, at the Capitol on Tuesday July 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The crowd at the Texas Capitol was getting rowdier as activists from both sides of the abortion debate filled the Texas Capitol before the debate begins in the Senate.

A vote is scheduled for Friday in the Senate on tough new abortion restrictions. The restrictions failed to become law last month after a Democratic filibuster and raucous protesters ran out the clock on an earlier special session.

Security was thoroughly checking every bag Friday and more state troopers were starting to patrol the hallways.

A small group of abortion rights activists settled on the main floor of the rotunda, displaying homemade "wanted" posters of several prominent Republican lawmakers. Some are singing the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and chanting "Whose choice? Our choice."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.





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