Protesters at Capitol during Senate debate

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by SHELTON GREEN/KVUE News

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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 10:22 PM

AUSTIN – It was a surreal scene inside of the Texas State Capitol Building Friday evening as protesters in orange who are pro-choice and protesters in blue who are pro-life shared the small circle under the building’s rotunda.
 
At the same time the Texas Senate was hearing dozens of amendments to HB 2, the controversial proposal that would restrict abortions after 20 weeks and essentially shut down all but a few of the state’s clinics where the procedure is done.
 
“We've got people here from Houston and Dallas, the Valley. I haven't seen too many from West Texas but they're coming like crazy," said Susan Haney, a pro-choice supporter from Austin.
 
“We support life and we think that it's important to Texas, it's important to the nation and we're here to support life any way, shape or form that we can," said Wayne Butler, a Fort Hood resident who drove to Austin with his family Friday evening.
 
A Planned Parenthood rally on the west steps of the Capitol Building was expected to happen moments after the Senate’s vote.
 

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