Opinions mixed in San Antonio over failed abortion bill

Few stayed up late to watch the early-morning vote


SAN ANTONIO – A special session over a controversial abortion bill ended in confusion when Republicans failed to meet the midnight deadline for the vote after a 10-hour filibuster held by Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth (pictured).

The bill would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tightened standards on abortion clinics in Texas.

In San Antonio, opinions on the issue were strong, but mixed, following the failed vote Tuesday night.

"I hooped and hollered and said, 'Yay!' because, you know, everybody was holding up coathangers. (If it had passed, women were still) going to go to back alley and get back alley abortions," said Patty Barlow. "It is not a political issue, because it's a woman's right, actually."

"(Women are still) going to get an abortion, yes, but I still think that it shouldn't be allowed," Eleanor Walpole said. "I think that babies ought to have a chance to live. There's a lot of people out there that want children that can't have them, so they should have a chance to live."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry could still call for another special session on the issue.

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