Legislation restricting abortion in Texas passed the state Senate early Saturday morning by a 19 to 11 vote, heading to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for his signature.
“Tonight is not an ending point but a starting point,” state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) told the crowd of protesters after the vote, “as we work to take this state back.”
Just before the vote, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) thanked both supporters and opponents and “even the press” for being there and asked for everyone “to love each other, as Christ loved the church, as we love all of those unborn babies.”
Dewhurst had vowed that protests would not derail the vote as they did two weeks ago. Protesters largely kept their chanting to the Capitol Rotunda, off the Senate floor. But when the vote neared late in the evening, four singing protesters were escorted out after attempting to chain themselves to the railing.
After the vote, protesters who launched a sit-in at the Capitol will carried out by state troopers.