For 13 hours last night, Texas State Rep. Wendy Davis filibustered legislation that would close almost all of Texas's abortion clinics, but next Monday it may all have been for naught. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, expressing a desire to “protect women and the unborn,” has announced that the legislature will hold a special session on July 1. Noting that “too much important work remains undone,” Perry said, “We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.” The session will consider the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities, along with infrastructure funding, and a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old.
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