(CNN) – As the Texas Senate debated a controversial measure placing new curbs on abortion on Friday, protesters at the state Capitol in Austin were prevented from bringing potential projectiles into the galleries, including feminine hygiene products.
Multiple people tweeted photos and descriptions of the search process and a Texas Department of Public Safety officer confirmed to CNN that security officers confiscated unopened feminine hygiene products for a time, but later allowed those items in.
Officers told CNN they had also confiscated used feminine products, as well as bottles of urine and feces.
On social media, many pointed to the fact that concealed weapons, legal in Texas with a permit, were still allowed into the galleries while the other things were not.
Debate over the Texas law has galvanized activists from both sides of the abortion argument.
On Friday, Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst wrote on Twitter he would enforce the body's rules of decorum to prevent outbursts from protesters.
As the Senate debates HB2, be assured that I'll strictly enforce rules to uphold decorum, ensuring our democratic process isn't interrupted.—
David Dewhurst (@DavidHDewhurst) July 12, 2013
The legislation would ban abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, require abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, tighten usage guidelines for the drug RU486 and require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they're providing abortion services.
Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, tried to block the bill with a filibuster in June, talking for more than 10 hours in an attempt to run out the clock on the legislative session.
Gov. Rick Perry called a special session so the legislature could take up the measure again.
The measure passed the House on Wednesday on a 98-49 vote after hours of debate over proposed amendments. The Senate debated the measure on Friday.
CNN's Josh Rubin contributed to this report.