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In Texas, Thousands Gather for Special Legislative Session

July 1, 2013

Enrique Rangel

Gov. Rick Perry (file photo)
Gov. Rick Perry (file photo)

The second special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature has begun in a defiant way.

A crowd Texas state troopers estimated to be at least 6,000 gathered outside the State Capitol early Monday afternoon to say they are ready to oppose again the same highly restrictive anti-abortion killed in the just concluded special session.

"This past week, we waited in line for hours and hours," Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and daughter of former Ann Richards, told the gathering.

"We are back to fight a law that would take us back years," Cecile Richards said.

And though more than two dozen state legislators spoke briefly during the 90-minute rally, it was state Sen. Wendy Davis, whose filibuster received national and international attention, who received the loudest ovation.

"This is not about women only," Davis, D-Fort Worth, told the cheering crowd of mostly abortion-rights activists, "It is about families and values."

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