Updated to add a statement from Gov. Perry

Gov. Rick Perry is adding two more issues to the lawmakers’ special session call.  Perry this afternoon will announce that he will ask lawmakers to consider abortion regulations and mandatory life sentences for certain juvenile offenders.

Capital Tonight has confirmed the specific call is as follows:

  • “Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender”
  • “Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities.”

Gov. Perry issued this statement on the expanded call:

“The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time. Sadly, some of those same atrocities happen in our own state. In Texas, we value all life, and we’ve worked to cultivate a culture that supports the birth of every child. We have an obligation to protect unborn children, and to hold those who peddle these abortions to standards that would minimize the death, disease and pain they cause.”