THE JOHN HANCOCK

07.18.131:00 PM ET

Perry Signs Abortion Bill

Could shut down most clinics in the state.

It's official. Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed in new abortion restrictions on Thursday that may close most of the abortion clinics in the state. More than 100 Republicans attended the ceremony while protesters stood outside holding a sign that read “Shame.” The state Capitol has seen weeks of protest of the law, which bans abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. Only five of Texas’s 42 clinics meet the new requirements, one of which restricts abortions to surgical centers. Clinics will have a year to upgrade or shut down their facilities. The law, which takes effect in October, passed despite an epic filibuster from state Sen. Wendy Davis. In a release from her office, Davis said, “When Governor Perry signed the bill, he signaled a clear break with Texas families. Governor Perry and other state leaders have now taken sides and chosen narrow partisan special interests over mothers, daughters, sisters and every Texan who puts the health of their family, the well-being of their neighbors, and the future of Texas ahead of politics and personal ambitions.”

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