Rick Perry signs abortion legislation into law

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed abortion legislation into law Thursday morning.

Perry and other Republicans spoke in support of the bill before the governor signed it. 

“This is an important day for those who support the life and the health of women in Texas,” Perry said.

The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks, increase standards at abortion clinics statewide and place additional requirements on abortion-inducing drugs. Supporters of the bill claim it makes abortions safer, however opponents of the bill say it will make an abortion more difficult to obtain in Texas and will close all but five clinics in the state.

“This was a victory for women’s health and the unborn,” Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said. 

A crowd of protestors gathered outside and chanted ‘shame’ during the bill signing. Dewhurst briefly addressed the crowd.

“For those who are outside chanting, and for those who don’t agree with us: We love you. We love you just as much as we love those unborn babies,” Dewhurst said. 

Right before signing the bill, Perry told the lawmakers to go home, as soon “as you get the transportation bill on my desk.”

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