Jul 18, 2013 1:54 PM by Alyse Rzemek
After weeks of heated protests and a filibuster, one of the toughest bills on abortion was signed into law today at the Texas state capitol.
Texas Governor RIck Perry signed the sweeping new abortion regulations, which threaten the closure of most clinics in the state.
The Republican backed law, which is set to take effect in October, bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and dictates when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken.
It also restricts abortions to surgical centers and requires clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.
Last month, Republicans failed to pass the bill after a marathon filibuster by a democratic senator, however, it was passed last week during a special legislative session.
About two dozen protesters showed up ahead of the signing, carrying coat hangers and shouting "shame," and forcing the ceremony to be moved to a basement auditorium.
Governor Perry spoke about the bill's intent. "It is our responsibility and duty to give voice to the unborn and the individuals whose survival is at stake. This bill lives up to that responsibility".
There are only 5 abortion clinics out of 42 in Texas that currently meet the new requirements set forth in the bill.