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Jun 26, 2013 5:31 PM by Associated Press

Gov. Perry Calls 2nd Special Session on Abortion Restrictions Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session to pass restrictions on abortion.

The first such effort died following a filibuster and rollicking late Tuesday night protest.

The announcement gives Republicans another crack at passing sweeping anti-abortion rules that would close nearly all clinics performing the procedure in the country's second-largest state.

It passed the House, but died after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis led a more than 12-hour filibuster effort. Hundreds of protesters then cheered, disrupting Senate proceedings as the session closed at midnight.

Perry can call as many 30-day extra sessions as he likes, but lawmakers can only take up those issues he assigns.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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