Texas Abortion Bill Passed in the Senate

Texas will soon have a new abortion law to follow.

According to The New York Times, on Friday, the Texas Senate approved the abortion bill which was passed by the Texas House last week. With the Senate's passage, the bill can now be signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry rallied the Republican-controlled Legislature late last month after a Democratic filibuster blocked the bill and intensified resistance by abortion-rights supporters.

The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and hold abortion clinics to the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers, among several other requirements.

Supporters say that the strengthened regulations will protect women’s health, while opponents argue that the restrictions are merely intended to put financial pressure on the clinics that perform abortions and force most of them to shut their doors.