AUSTIN (July 7, 2013)--Gov. Rick Perry says "mob rule" derailed passage of a bill imposing new restrictions on abortion in the Texas Senate during the waning hours of a special session, but says he’s confident the measure will pass during a second special session.
Perry said on "Fox News Sunday" that the Senate gallery was "out of control" last month at the conclusion of a filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
"Nothing like that has ever happened in Texas history,” he said.
A raucous crowd of abortion rights activists disrupted Senate action, prompting Perry to call a second special session.
The Texas House will vote this week on the measure, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose other restrictions.