Capitol awash in orange, blue in abortion rallies

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 8:02 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are at the Texas Capitol again as lawmakers debate a contentious bill that would create new restrictions.

About 2,000 anti-abortion protesters wearing blue gathered Monday night to support the bill. Some held signs saying, "Unborn babies feel pain" and "Abortion kills children." Attorney General Greg Abbott told the crowd he would "stand for life" in spirit, even though he uses a wheelchair.

Meanwhile, about 1,000 orange-clad abortion rights activists marched through downtown Austin against the bill.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and impose restrictions that advocates say would lead to the closure of most Texas abortion providers.

A senator's 12-hour filibuster and the shouts of raucous protesters ran out the clock on a vote in the last special session.

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