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There will be another special session. Governor Perry issued the call late Wednesday and the "to-do-list" includes abortion.

Tuesday night, Democrats and Pro-choice supporters packed the capitol to rally behind Senator Wendy Davis who was the key player in running out the clock on a controversial. Flowers and TV equipment from national news media, Wednesday, flowed in and out of Senator Davis' third floor Capitol office.

Only a few hours removed from her headline making filibuster Davis was feeling a bit overwhelmed.

"It's been a blur today and what I'm feeling form the phone calls I'm getting, the social media message we're getting , people across Texas and across the country watched this happen and feel empowered that voices and their values were reflected in the debate that occurred in the senate that occurred yesterday," said Sen. Davis.

Davis and her fellow democrats successfully killed a controversial abortion bill. The crowd of Pro-choice supporters also played a big role.

The shouts grew louder as the clock in the senate chamber approached the mid-night hour, unable to hear, senators were unable to make a final vote before it was too late.

"Inspiring, so wonderful," said Davis as she was surrounded by supporters in a crowded Capitol Rotunda.

Sen. Davis- and her supporters celebrated their victory into the early morning hours

After the crowds left and the Capitol became the domain of tours. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst posted this tweet, he stated, "I pledge to Texas one thing, this fight is far from over."

The comment had Davis bracing for another special session fight, which Governor Perry issued late Wednesday. It will include a transportation funding plan address sentencing options for 17 year olds who committee violent crime and abortion. Senator Davis believes the plan will backfire.

"I know Texans. Texans don't take too kindly to having intrusions into their lives placed upon them through the use of those kind of mechanisms and those Texas values are becoming more and more hear in the capitol and they're certainly watching what leadership is doing and they're not happy about it."

In a statement, along with his Special Session Call - Governor Perry said, "We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

State Rep. Susan King, a leading Republican House member expressed doubts about trying again to pass the controversial bill.

"If we open again in a day or a week, I think it will be even more invigorating to people to say wait a minute," warned the Republican from Abilene.

Rep. King, who is a Surgical Nurse, also took exception to describing the people who shouted from the Senate Gallery Tuesday night as an "unruly mob." Instead of taking up the controversial issue now in another Special Session, King believes more thought needs to be put into the restrictions being proposed by her conservative colleagues.

"The point being is I don't see what the value would be, because I don't think it would change, I think we would have the exact same situation," said Rep. King.

The special session call also includes considering legislation relating to the funding of transportation projects and legislation to establish a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a 17-year-old offender who commits a Capital Crime.

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