AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — About 300 demonstrators are already at the Texas Capitol ahead of a rally opposing an abortion restrictions bill before the Legislature.
Gov. Rick Perry has called lawmakers into a 30-day special session to address the bill after a Senate filibuster and a raucous crowd helped defeat it last week. Abortion rights groups plan a noon rally outside the Capitol. Anti-abortion protesters are expected to gather later Monday.
Most of the demonstrators so far are wearing orange, the color of choice for people opposing the bill.
About 100 state troopers were spotted on the Capitol grounds, some carrying helmets and truncheons. Three mounted officers from Houston were also seen.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose restrictions that advocates say would shut down most providers.
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