DALLAS (AP) _ Gov. Rick Perry says a filibuster and protests that kept the Texas Senate from passing tighter abortion restrictions were ``nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process.''
Addressing the National Right to Life Convention on Thursday, Perry vowed his state will nonetheless push ahead to approve a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis, with some last minute help from protesters in the public gallery, successfully killed a bill imposing new limits to abortion in Texas in the Legislature at midnight Tuesday.
But Perry called a second special legislative session starting Monday. That will give the Republican-controlled Legislature an extra 30 days to pass the new limits on abortion.