AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Supporters of a bill tightening abortion restrictions are gathering inside the Capitol for prayer.
About 75 people wearing blue — the color of anti-abortion protesters — recited the Lord's Prayer Monday morning outside the Texas Senate chamber. One person held a sign that said, "Abortion hurts children."
Hundreds of people on both sides of the debate have already arrived at the Capitol for a day of rallies and protests. Gov. Rick Perry has called lawmakers to a special session that starts Monday and includes abortion restrictions on the agenda.
Abortion-rights groups plan a noon rally outside the Capitol. Anti-abortion protesters are expected to gather outside later Monday.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose new restrictions on providers.