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Protesters face off at Capitol over abortion bill

Thousands of Pro-Choice and Pro-Life activists rallied at the state Capitol Monday as the second special session got underway. On the table once again is the controversial bill that limits where and when women can get abortions.

Pro-Choice supporters turned the green lawn of the state Capitol orange. They gathered to discourage legislators from approving some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Leading the fight was Senator Wendy Davis, whose filibuster killed the bill last session.

"It was your voices leant to me that I was able to stand for those thirteen hours," said Davis.

Standing with Davis, was her 30-year-old daughter. Davis had her as a teen.

"That's what we are fighting for now, a Texas where every woman is able to overcome her unique challenges because she had the same choices and the same chances that I had," said Davis.

Those in support of now house bill two met in the Lt. Governor's office for a press conference lead by senator and Doctor Donna Campbell. She was still in her hospital attire from working in the emergency room all weekend.

"You hear the rhetoric that the government shouldn't be in this I am thankful I am a voice in the government to stand for life and stand with you," said Campbell.

As the house gaveled in, the crowds moved inside, lining each level of the rotunda. Pro-Choicers chanted and clapped. The sound at times was deafening.

"I have a teenage daughter so I want to make sure I do my part to keep her rights," Alex Chaperon said.

Walking the halls silently, those in support of life. They wore blue. Among them the women of operation outcry--all have had abortions they now regret.

"I had my abortion at 21. I'm 50 years old now and I'm still suffering the consequences," said Mayela Banks. "They have no clue about the pain and the suffering that abortion, legalized abortion causes women."

"As a single mother I faced the fear and chose abortion, what I know now is that baby really felt pain," said Rhonda Arias of Operation Outcry.

Both sides are hoping for the same turn out Tuesday as a house committee takes public comment.

Testimony is expected to last until midnight.

Governor Rick Perry sets the agenda for special sessions, which can last up to 30 days.

Abortion is already on this agenda.

Governor Perry vowed the state will pass the measure this time around.

If it passes, Texas could become the 13th U.S. state to pass a 20-week abortion ban.

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