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Dixie Chick takes up Texas abortion fight

NEED TO KNOW
  • Texas bill would restrict abortions in the state
  • Vote on bill was stopped due to filibuster
  • State senate meeting in special session to reconsider
Natalie Maines and her father Lloyd Maines play the national anthem Monday at a rally in support of Texas women's right to reproductive decisions at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. This is first day of a second legislative special session called by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to pass an restrictive abortion law through the Texas legislature. The first attempt was defeated after opponents of the law were able to stall the vote until after first special session had ended.

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performed for thousands of people -- many of who are outraged with Texas Republicans -- Monday at the Texas State Capitol.

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue showed up as lawmakers returned for a special session.

They're considering a bill that, if passed, would become one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country.

Last week, Democrat Wendy Davis filibustered for more than 10 hours to prevent a vote on the bill.

Supporters say it will protect women's health and unborn children. Critics say it would shut down most of the state's abortion clinics.

MORE: Governor Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'

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