On 13 July 2013, the Texas Senate adopted draft legislation aimed at banning abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. This bill, which restricts earlier legislation, was approved by 19 senators to 11, and will be signed by Republican Texas Governor, Rick Perry.
Deemed as one of "the United States’ most restrictive abortion laws", it will lead to the closure of "virtually all abortion centres in Texas leaving only 5 of the current 42 centres open".
Whilst the opposition party in the form of Democrat Royce West has promised to tackle the situation, Governor Perry welcomes the decision that has been taken, "Today, the Texas parliament has taken the last step in our historic effort to protect life".
In adopting this bill, Texas joins forces with eleven other States where abortion is illegal after 20 weeks and North Carolina is in hot pursuit to adopt the same legislation. Whereas abortion is illegal in only one European country, the United States is in favour of limiting abortions.