Perry says Texas abortion bill constitutional

Perry says Texas abortion bill constitutional

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GRAPEVINE, TX - JUNE 27: Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel June 27, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas. Perry has reportedly vowed to continue the fight for a more restrictive abortion law in Texas after the state legislature failed to get the law passed during a special session because of a filibuster and protests. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

WEST, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry says the abortion bill awaiting his signature to become Texas law isn't unconstitutional and will withstand court challenges by those who oppose it.

Perry, in West on Saturday for a fundraiser for those continuing to recover from the fertilizer plant explosion in April, told reporters that "we wouldn't have passed it if we didn't think it was constitutional."

Perry said he had no timetable for signing the bill but a spokesman said it could be signed midweek.

Perry said some say the measure goes too far "but most Texans don't."

Democrats promised a legal challenge.

The law will ban abortions after 20 weeks, require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions be done in surgical centers.

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