June 26 - Democrats in Texas defeat a bill to put tighter regulations on abortion clinics, following a 10-hour filibuster by Senator Wendy Davis. Jessica Gray reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS/TEXAS STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES **~ Crowds cheer in the Texas state Senate building in Austin, jubilant legislation for new abortion restrictions was defeated early Wednesday morning. Abortion rights activists, crowding the Senate floor and the halls just outside, praised Democrats' efforts to stop a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy (SOUNDBITE) (English) ABBY FOSTER, ABORTION RIGHTS PROTESTER SAYING: "I'm happy to be here. This is government in action. This is the people coming together. The line wraps around the first floor twice and up the stairs to the gallery. This is a sea of orange, and there's some blue here. Both sides are represented." Democrat Senator Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster of more than 10 hours sent some Republicans scrambling to vote after a midnight deadline. The law to put tighter regulations on abortion clinics was expected to pass in the Republican-majority senate. Backers said the bill would protect women's health, and point to disputed research that suggests a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks. Abortion was a key issue in the last U.S. elections despite the fact it was legalized in 1973.