June 26, 2013 / 9:33 PM / 5 years ago

Governor calls Texas lawmakers back to session on abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday called a second special session of the legislature on July 1 in a bid to overcome Democratic efforts to thwart proposed new restrictions on abortion.

A Democratic state senator spoke for 10 hours on Tuesday to block a vote in the Republican majority chamber on a proposal that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The filibuster ran to the end of the first 30-day special session, which expired at midnight.

Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Daniel Trotta

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