Governor Rick Perry signed the Texas bill 5 during a special session. Rick Perry convened the special session after Senator Wendy Davis conducted a filibuster in an attempt to interfere with signing of the abortion bill. Rick Perry signed the bill in a ceremony attended by various media groups, lobbyists and legislators. Perry and other supporters of the abortion bill had believed that unborn children experience immense pain during abortion. Governor Perry had proposed the abortion bill on May 27, 2013 though it became unsuccessful in regular senate sessions. However, Wendy and other activists argued that illegalizing abortion would had fatal consequences to the mother. Wendy explained her protest through her experience where she discussed abortion case of her daughter (The State of Texas 1).
Wendy had tried several times to stop law provisions that restrict abortion including 2012 debates. She was especially concerned about part of abortion bill that banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Consequently, during the special session when the Perry was to sign the abortion bill in June 25, 2013, Wendy Davis reported to the media that she would conduct a filibuster. The filibuster would aim at preventing final process of adopting abortion bill. Wendy attracted social media debate following her emotional speech where she discussed heart-rending disclosures about her pregnancy experiences.
However, Governor Perry had promised citizens six months before the 25 June 2013 session that he would sign laws against abortion. Perry had stated that unborn babies deserved the legal rights to sound health besides constitutional protection. He had believed that abortion bill would form the foundation on Texas culture of respect for life.
House bill 2 signed by Governor Perry had provisions that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In addition, House of Bill 2 demands that clinics that perform abortion be of similar health