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Perry wants Texas to ban abortion after 20 weeks

In the last legislative session a law was passed requiring women seeking abortions in Texas to view an ultrasound before going through with the procedure. The law was praised by Governor Rick Perry.

With only weeks to go until the next legislative session, Perry announced, in front a pro-life group in Houston, that he wants more restrictions in place.

"Prohibiting abortion at the point a baby can feel the pain of being killed," said Perry.

Perry is pushing for legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks. Currently abortions can be performed in Texas until the third trimester, which begins at 28 weeks.

"These bans are very extreme," said Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL, Pro-choice Texas. Busby says the organization is planning to fight any further bans on abortion in Texas.

"These bans cannot contemplate every situation that a woman may be in. Every situation is different and they cannot possibly take into account every situation that women may find themselves in," said Busby.

Governor Perry also wants physicians who perform abortions to now have admitting privileges at a hospital and for abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. The idea is that this would make it harder for some clinics to operate in the state.

"Any patient should have the expectation that the facilities being used are up to standards and that if there's an emergency situation they can receive the care that they need," Perry said.

Perry told the crowd he won't stop until all abortions are illegal.

"The ideal world is a world without abortion," said Perry.

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