Texas Abortion Battle Continues: Second Special Session Begins

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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The Texas Senate will begin its second special session Monday as Republicans vow to pass the abortion legislation filibustered by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis last week.

The measure would create sweeping abortion restrictions in the state. Davis’ 11-hour filibuster might have taken the GOP by surprise, an element she says bill opponents will not have this time around.

"They mismanaged the clock terribly last time, and they also ran roughshod over a lot of our senate rules and traditions to try to ram this bill through," Davis told CBS in an interview on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. "They'll probably be a little bit smarter about how they try to move this bill in this next session starting on Monday.”

He added: “But, what they now have to confront is that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country, are watching and they are going to be held accountable for the decisions that they make in this process. If people continue to see that their voices are being ignored I think we're going to see a long-term sustained response to that in the state of Texas."

Gov. Rick Perry called the second special session after the filibuster. On Thursday, Perry even admonished Davis, who was a teen mother herself, by saying she should “learn from her own example.” Perry said that as a mother Davis should know that "every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential."

"I've been in the political arena for some time, and it takes a lot to offend me," Davis told CBS. "But what I was offended about was the statement it makes on behalf of women throughout the state of Texas. I think it showed disregard for the fact we all we each own our own personal history, we make choices and have the opportunity to take chances that present themselves to us. What this is about is making sure that women across the state of Texas have the same opportunity to make those choices and have the same chances that I had."

Opponents who packed the state capitol last week are promising to continue their fight and rally at the Capitol on Monday.

"I just refuse to say I believe it will happen," Davis said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "I'm an eternal optimist. I believe in people; I believe in the power of democracy. And I'm going to fight with every fiber I have to keep it from passing."

The proposed legislation would create a number of costly restrictions on abortion clinics that would cause many across the state to shut down. The law also bans abortions after 20 weeks.

The special session begins at 2 p.m. Monday, and the bill could come up in committee as early at Tuesday.

Sources: Newser, CBS News, Reuters