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Lawmakers in the Process of Debating Abortion Bill, DPS Seizes Suspicious Items

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AUSTIN -

Hundreds of supporters flocked to the Capitol building before the Senate began the debate on abortion. 

Already the DPS has confiscated a jar of what may turn out to be urine, 18 jars of feces and three bottles of paint. Waco resident and pro-choice supporter, Faith Duty arrived in Austin to attend the debate. 

"There was a line at 10am to get into the gallery at the Capitol," said Duty. "It was already wrapped around the rotunda and filled down into the basement."

This time, there was tighter security and Duty said she saw more pro-life supporters at the hearing.

The House passed the controversial abortion bill earlier this week. If the majority in the Senate support it, Governor Rick Perry can sign the bill as soon as Friday night. 

Duty disagrees with the governor, and thinks they shouldn't control this right.

"You can pretty much open the flood gates by allowing the government to say you can or cannot have an abortion," Duty said. 

While supporters for the bill are more for women's protection.

"We need to stop this practice," said Michelle Smith. "It's inhumane to do that and we also know that we have clinics that need to have an oversight."

Democrats say the bill will make it hard for low-income women and those who live in rural areas to have access to healthcare. Republicans say the money to improve the clinics is available, and that the bill will simply make abortion safer.

"We're here to make sure that if you call it safe abortion it better be safe abortion and it's not," said abortion rights opponent, Molly White.

If the vote does not pass tonight, lawmakers could be called back as soon as Saturday or Sunday.

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