Following weeks of debate and national attention, the Texas Senate convened at 2 p.m. to begin debating abortion legislation, pulling in crowds to watch the final stage of the bill.
Before entering the Capitol, however, people's personal bags and belongings were searched. In a press released, DPS said they have confiscated jars of feces, urine and other items.
"During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint," the statement said. "All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery."
According to the press release, the Texas Senate authorized the enhanced searches.
The abortion legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks, place additional restrictions and rules on abortion clinics and increase restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs.
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