Special Session Marks Round Two in Texas Abortion Battle

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Last Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis filibustered her way to the national stage after spending nearly 11 hours speaking in order to block Senate Bill 5 from passing in the Texas legislature. Senate Bill 5 would further restrict access to abortion in Texas, banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tightening restrictions on abortion clinics in the state.

But the very next day, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he wasn’t giving up the fight just yet. Instead, the Governor called a special legislative session to take up the bill.

Speaking at the National Right to Life Conference Thursday, Gov. Perry went so far as to say that a pro-life lesson can be learned from Senator Davis herself, who was the child of a single mother and a teenage mother.

"It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters," Governor Perry said Thursday.

So now that this Texas bill has become something of national import, is the pressure on for Rick Perry? What is at stake here beyond abortion rights in Texas?

Erica Grieder is the senior editor at Texas Monthly.