Nightly News   |  July 13, 2013

Texas Senate gives final passage to abortion bill

Texas legislators overturned a temporary victory by state Democrats and standard bearer Sen. Wendy Davis, passing a bill late Friday that puts new restrictions on abortion procedures. NBC’s Charles Hadlock reports.

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>> tonight. now texas where there was high drama late into the night but in the end republicans pushed through a bill with tough new abortion restrictions one of the strictest measures in the country that texas governor rick perry said he'll sign. it's a latest in a series of state by state battles over abortion happening right now across the country.

>> reporter: more than 2,000 protesters swarmed the texas capitol .

>> we believe that abortion in texas should stop at five months.

>> if i ever get pregnant i won have the option of getting an abortion.

>> reporter: inside the senate chamber lawmakers engaged in intense confrontations of their own.

>> who speaks for the baby.

>> women don't understand why you keep coming after them.

>> reporter: the new texas law would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic and require abortion clinics to upgrade.

>> for their voices to be heard --

>> reporter: about its led by senator wendy davis who helped defeat the measure the last time with a filibuster said it would force most abortion clinics to close.

>> force more texas women to make dangerous sometimes deadly decisions.

>> reporter: the proceedings were disrupted four times by protesters. one of whom chained herself to the brass railing in the senate gallery. the vote was delayed until state troopers could cut her loose. when it came the vote of 19-11 mostly along party lines .

>> we'll push to it the point where abortion is called what it is, which is the murder of a child.

>> the next step will occur outside of the legislativerage process.

>> reporter: courts have blocked 20 week dance in arizona, georgia and idaho. new clinic regulations have also been stalled by judges in alabama and mississippi. the texas law might be tied up in the courts for years but some abortion opponents welcoming the legal challenge hoping a case like this goes all the way to the u.s. supreme court .