Abortion Supporters Chant 'Hail Satan' in Texas Capitol as Pro-Lifers Sing 'Amazing Grace'
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- 2013 Jul 05
For several hours between Tuesday and Wednesday, the phrase "Hail Satan" trended on Twitter as word spread that abortion supporters had chanted it at pro-life Christians singing "Amazing Grace" amid mounting tensions over the pending passage of strict abortion laws in the Texas Capitol, the Christian Post reports. This week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry convened a second special session in the Texas Senate after Democratic activism botched the passage of legislation that would have banned abortions in the state after 20 weeks. The legislation would also require that abortions be performed at ambulatory surgical centers and mandate that doctors obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. Opponents of the proposal argue that the proposal would virtually shut down abortion clinics in Texas -- and pro-life supporters have no problem with that. Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and her colleagues attempted to kill the abortion legislation with a 13-hour filibuster on the last day of the first special session last Tuesday. Republicans, however, rallied using a parliamentary technicality to shut down Davis' attempt before the midnight deadline to vote on the bill kicked in. Once that happened, however, unruly abortion-rights advocates erupted in a loud protest in the public gallery of the Senate, which prevented the senators on the floor from hearing sufficiently to vote on the bill.