AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas lawmakers are gearing up for another long day at the Capitol. They're back in the second special session battling a controversial abortion bill.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A Senate committee hearing is scheduled for Monday morning. The bill has garnered numerous rallies. Last week thousands gathered in opposition.
On Monday, a march is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. from the State Capitol to Austin City Hall. Protesters will meet immediately following an anti-abortion rally. Leaders of the group, including Mike Huckabee and the Duggar family, will meet on the south steps of the Capitol at 7 p.m. in support of the bill.
They are encouraging participants to wear blue. Governor Rick Perry says despite the massive attention the bill has sparked, he's confident the bill will reach his desk.
When you look at Texas history, people have relayed to me that never in the history of Texas have they seen that type of a mob rule come in and discombobulate a Legislative session. And Texans want to protect life. And that's the bottom line here, said Perry.
The House abortion bill passed among the House State Affairs Committee already. It goes before the full House this week for a vote.
As lawmakers continue debating the bill, Governor Perry is expected to announce his future plans Monday. He will address the public at 1 p.m. in San Antonio. He hasn't released specifics about his announcement.
Experts say he could announce another bid for Texas governor or for the White House.