AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- The Texas Senate gave final approval of omnibus pro-life legislation just before midnight Friday, July 12, passing the measure 19-11, mostly along party lines. Two days earlier the Texas House approved the hotly contested bill which now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry who has pledged to sign it. Texas becomes the latest state to enact strict abortion regulations despite efforts by abortion rights activists to shut down or slow the legislative process. Their large and loud demonstrations at the Texas Capitol in recent weeks punctuated the debate but their efforts were countered by an influx of pro-life supporters days before the final vote.
"I am proud of our lawmakers and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable," Perry said in a prepared statement