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Fri Jul 12, 2013, 04:25 PM

Crowds fill Capitol corridors ahead of abortion vote

As the Capitol Rotunda rumbled with chants and cheers, one flight below hundreds of people — a mix of blue and orange — waited patiently and quietly in line to get a seat in the gallery of the Texas Senate.

The line stretched down several flights of stairs and into a basement corridor where Stephanie Russell, 27, and her husband brought up the rear. A supporter of the abortion measure up for debate Friday, Russell said she had never been politically involved before but she felt the need to be here today.

“Just to be a presence,” Russell said. “That’s the goal of the blue shirts right now, to be a silent presence.”

Others in blue shirts, the mark of abortion opponents, passed out prayers lists and signed “Peace Statements” that laid out the rules of the gallery.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crowds-fill-capitol-corridors-aheads-of-abortion-v/nYn6t/ .

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