Perry Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

With a few dozen protesters chanting outside and a Capitol auditorium full of supporters on hand, Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 — the omnibus abortion legislation — into law Thursday morning.

The signing occurred in a ceremony open to members of the media and invited bill supporters — both legislators and lobbyists. The group included several Republican state legislators and Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville, who was the only senator from his party to vote for the bill.

“This is a bill that protects unborn babies after the fifth month of a pregnancy,” Perry said, calling HB 2 “reasonable ...

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