Texas State Senate Passes Abortion Bill

AUSTIN, Texas_The votes were cast and the results are in. The Texas State Senate has passed that controversial abortion bill.

The measure, that has divided activists nation-wide,  bans abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy. It also requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

This was the second attempt by supporters to pass the bill in the senate. It originally failed to gain approval because of a filibuster by democratic State Senator Wendy Davis.

Republican Governor Rick Perry, who supports the new law, called the legislature back into a second special session to continue considering it.

The bill passed the Texas House on Wednesday.

Critics say the bill will shut down most abortion clinics in Texas, denying access to many in rural communities. They say it would force women to seek dangerous back-alley abortions. The republican legislators who support it say the bill isn't about banning abortions, but rather about protecting women's health.

Perry is expected to sign it into law.