As the Texas legislature convened a special session July 1 to consider a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, rabid pro-abortion activists once again congregated at the state Capitol, heckling solemn pro-life activists and preparing to attempt to shut down the legislative process as they did at the tail end of a late-June special session. The nearly lawless mob was spurred on by Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis, whose solitary filibuster during the earlier session temporarily postponed a vote on the pro-life bill, and energized the pro-abortion mob to successfully stall passage and signing of the bill until after the official ending of the first special session at midnight on Tuesday, June 25.
“Davis talked for more than ten hours [June 25] in helping to run out the clock on the legislation that would be one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country, if approved,” reported CNN. “The last ditch attempt by Senate Republicans to pass it before a midnight deadline was thwarted by [pro-abortion] spectators in the Capitol chanting 'Shame! Shame! Shame!'”
The bitter mob action, which prevented lawmakers and Republican Governor Rick Perry from completing the legislative business for which Texas voters had commissioned them, appeared to meet the approval of President Obama, who tweeted that “something special is happening in Austin tonight.” Obama has famously vowed to veto any federal legislation that protects pre-born children from late-term abortions.
In calling the legislature back into special session to consider the bill — which has enough votes to pass, along with the solid backing of a majority of Texans — Perry vowed that he would not allow what he described as the “mob rule” and “unprecedented anarchy” of the pro-abortion crowd to derail the will of the people a second time.
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Photo of radical pro-abortion protesters: AP Images