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Gov. Perry says Texas abortion bill is constitutional

Published On: Jul 13 2013 08:03:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 13 2013 08:04:25 PM CDT
Texas News - Capitol flags
WEST, Texas -

(AP) Gov. Rick Perry says the abortion bill awaiting his signature to become Texas law isn't unconstitutional and will withstand court challenges by those who oppose it.

Perry, in West on Saturday for a fundraiser for those continuing to recover from the fertilizer plant explosion in April, told reporters that "we wouldn't have passed it if we didn't think it was constitutional."

Perry said he had no timetable for signing the bill but a spokesman said it could be signed midweek.  

Perry said some say the measure goes too far "but most Texans don't."

Democrats promised a legal challenge.

The law will ban abortions after 20 weeks, require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions be done in surgical centers.