Activists Fill Texas Capitol Ahead Of Abortion Debate

AUSTIN (July 12, 2013)--Hundreds of activists on both sides of the abortion issue lined the halls of the Texas Capitol Friday more than four hours before debate was set to begin in the Senate on a measure that would impose new restrictions on abortions in the state.

A vote is scheduled for Friday in the Senate on the tough new abortion restrictions, which failed to become law last month after a Democratic filibuster and raucous protesters were able to run out the clock on an earlier special session.

Some activists arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. Friday and the crowds continued to line up at the security station to get in the building.

As has been the case for the last two weeks, anti-abortion activists wore blue and abortion rights activists wore orange.

Much of the early crowd appeared to be dominated by those wearing orange.

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