Pro-life activists from around Texas will rally at the Statehouse in Austin on Monday evening, one day before a key vote on a legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and close many of the state’s abortion clinics.
The bill reflects growing efforts around the country to ban abortion before the sixth month of gestation.
GOP lawmakers pushed a similar bill to passage in the U.S. House last month, and Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, reportedly is mulling sponsorship of a companion bill in the upper chamber.
“According to a slew of recent polls, Americans in Texas and across the country overwhelmingly oppose late-term abortions,” said Marilyn Musgrave, a vice president at the Susan B. Anthony List.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Attorney General Greg Abbott, both Republicans, are scheduled to attend the rally. Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and his wife are also slated to attend.
States around the country have passed their own abortion restrictions in recent months. But the debate in Texas reached a fever pitch when Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered the bill for 11 hours in a previous special session of the GOP-dominated Legislature, a performance that attracted national attention.
Her effort temporarily derailed the bill, but Republican Gov. Rick Perry immediately called lawmakers back for a new special session to get the bill passed.