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Controversial abortion bill goes another round

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The Texas Legislature reconvened Monday for a second special session, with abortion on the agenda once again.

Republican lawmakers will make another run at a bill restricting the availability of abortions in Texas.

Less than a week earlier, the bill was derailed at the last minute by a rowdy crowd in the Senate gallery. Their shouts and cheers made it impossible for the vote to be taken in time.

The fallout has catalyzed Democrats and spotlighted State Senator Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth lawmaker who filibustered the abortion measure for almost 13 hours.

Even so, some in the GOP say they're not concerned they may be handing Democrats a rallying cry.

"All you're seeing here are constituencies that are already mobilized against the Republicans coming out of the woodwork on this issue," said John Griffing with Houston Young Republicans. "I don't think you're seeing new constituencies mobilized against the Republican party."

Last night, Mayor Annise Parker attended a rally in Houston, as pro-choice activists try to stop what many see as an inevitability: legislative passage of new abortion restrictions in Texas.

"I'm here as an individual," said Mayor Parker, "because it's personally important to me and I think it's important to have my voice added to the chorus."

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