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Jul 1, 2013 1:43 PM by Associated Press

Demonstrators Face Off at Texas Capitol Over Abortion Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate have filled the Capitol grounds as discussion resumes on a bill imposing new abortion restrictions.

Gov. Rick Perry 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.

Thousands were seen wearing orange outside the Capitol for a noon rally opposing the bill. State Sen. Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster brought national attention, was seen at the Capitol in a bright orange dress.

Anti-abortion protesters recited the Lord's Prayer in advance of their own afternoon rally. At one point, protesters signing "Amazing Grace" in the rotunda were met with chants from abortion-rights activists.

At least 100 officers were seen, some with helmets and truncheons.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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