Debate in the Texas Senate began Friday afternoon over an abortion restrictions bill as the actions of Department of Public Safety troopers caught the attention of social media.
Activists on both sides of the debate lined up for hours ahead of the afternoon session in the Texas Senate to get a seat in the gallery.
DPS troopers confirmed they confiscated "significant quantities" of tampons and feminine pads from people before they were allowed in. They also found one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces and three bottles suspected to contain paint.
Food, water and paper were also taken away from people.
DPS officials said in a statement they were tipped off some people might use different items to disrupt the session, so they decided to inspect bags of people entering the gallery.
DPS officers told media at the capitol they were told to take away anything that could be thrown from the gallery onto the floor or at senators.
Some protestors were removed after they tried to chain themselves to handlebars in the chamber.
Once again, supporters of the bill wore blue and people against the abortion restrictions wore orange.
Passage of the bill is considered extremely likely, even by Democrats.
The State House passed the abortion restrictions bill on Wednesday.
The bill has restrictions that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of a pregnancy and require upgrades to clinics that perform abortions. Doctors at the clinics would also need to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
The tough legislation would likely close a majority of abortion providers in Texas.
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