AUSTIN (June 28, 2013)—A measure imposing new restrictions on abortion in Texas that died in the state Senate as the clock ticked down on the Legislature’s first special session will pass and will become law, Gov. Rick Perry said Friday.
Perry called lawmakers back to the Capitol for a second 30-day special session starting Monday and in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham he said the bill "will pass overwhelmingly."
Given another chance, state Republicans are expected to use their majorities in the House and Senate to pass the bill that places new restrictions on abortion clinics and bans the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Perry, who is considering another run for president in 2016, also criticized the federal immigration bill the U.S. Senate approved on Thursday, and said such issues as same-sex marriage should be left to the states.