1. Take Two

    Texas Passes Abortion Bill

    State Senators, from left,  Sylvia R. Garcia, D-Houston, Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, Royce West, D-Dallas, Kirk Watson, D-Austin,  and John Whitmire, D-Houston, greet abortion rights advocates to show they voted against HB2, which the Senate approved late Friday night, July 12, 2013. Republicans in the Texas Legislature passed an omnibus abortion bill that is one of the most restrictive in the nation, but Democrats vowed Saturday to fight both in the courts and the ballot box as they used the measure to rally their supporters.  (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

    Tamir Kalifa/AP

    Well, we didn't expect it to happen a second time. The abortion bill successfully blocked last month by Wendy Davis and the Democratic bloc of the Texas legislature was given final passage by its Senate on Friday. The vote stood 19–11. Among other restrictions, the bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Perry, bans abortions after 20 weeks and subjects abortion clinics to the standards of hospital surgical centers. Although the bill was ostensibly intended to protect women's health, Perry said after its passage that it would "defend our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans."

    Read it at The New York Times