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Texas abortion battle heats up as activists ‘Hail Satan!’


Anti-abortion activist Pamela Whitehead (right) of Katy, Texas, argues with a pro-choice activist during the first day of hearings on House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1 at the Texas Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Activists of both sides attended the hearings in order bear testimony about the bills, which are aimed at restricting abortions across the state. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Guillermo Hernandez Martinez)

Tensions in Texas ratcheted a bit higher Tuesday as activists on both sides of the abortion issue squared off at the  Capitol in Austin for a somewhat odd religious-themed shout-down.

Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session to pass an abortion law that would prohibit the procedure past the 20th week of pregnancy.

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Pro-choice protesters shouted, “Hail Satan!” as an attempt to drown out pro-lifers’ rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

A Texas blogger, Adam Cahm, captured the scene on video: “It’s been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol. … LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadcast from the rotunda where women have been sharing their abortion related testimonies. The pro-abortion crowd has responded with repeated chants of ‘hail Satan.’ It’s taken us all day to get a video recording,” The Blaze reported.

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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at

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