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Gov. Perry: ‘Mob Rule’ Derailed Passage Of Texas Abortion Bill

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the podium to the National Right to Life Committee during their opening general session at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel on June 27, 2013.  (credit: Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the podium to the National Right to Life Committee during their opening general session at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel on June 27, 2013. (credit: Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says “mob rule” derailed passage of a restrictive abortion measure but is confident the bill will pass once the Legislature convenes Monday.

The Republican said on “Fox News Sunday” that the Senate gallery last month was “out of control” at the conclusion of a filibuster by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis. He said, “Nothing like that has ever happened in Texas history.”

A raucous crowd of abortion rights activists disrupted Senate action, prompting Perry to call a second special session. The Texas House will vote this week on the measure, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose other restrictions.

Meanwhile, Perry declined to tip his hand about his future plans. He’s expected to announce Monday whether he’ll seek another term as governor. Perry has held office for nearly 13 years.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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