Debate over proposed Abortion Bill has East Texans rallying in Austin
POSTED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 10:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:11pm
The second Special Session in the Texas Legislature will resume on Monday.
And on the agenda---- the Abortion Bill.
But this time, outside the doors of the State Capitol--- hundreds of East Texans are expected to take part in an ongoing rally.
It's a last minute effort to get their voices heard.
They'll be in Austin for two different rallies on Monday and Tuesday.
It's all part of a state-wide effort to support House Bill 2.
As the law is now---- abortion is legal up to 24 weeks.
But, according to District 6 Representative Matt Schaefer, he and other Republicans believe babies need to be protected at five months old.
He says, it's also about raising quality of standards at abortion clinics across the state.
Rep. Schaefer says, "This is an issue that has stirred up more passion and more conversation, than any other issue in this session."
Supporters, like Pastor Dan Cummins of Bridlewood Church in Bullard, will be there.
He tells KETK, nothing is as important than protecting innocent lives.
Pastor Cummins says, "We are asking people to come and show their support with the presence and with their prayers."
Pastor Cummins will be in Austin Monday for one rally.
Suzanne Laine will be there Tuesday for another.
Laine says, it's her way to stand up for what she believes is right.
And she believes the way the law is now, is wrong.
Laine says, "At 5 months, an unborn child has fingerprints, footprints, can suck its thumb, wave in the womb and feel excrutiating pain."
But, not everyone agrees with the bill.
Stina Herrera believes every woman has the right to decide what's best for her body.
Herrera says, "I'm 9 months pregnant right now. And I can't imagine terminating a pregnancy. But at the same time, not everyone's circumstances are the same. And I think broad-sweeping laws could be a lot more harmful than beneficial."
Folks on the South Capitol steps who are FOR the bill are encouraged to wear BLUE.
Those AGAINST it, are asked to wear ORANGE.
hundreds are anticipated to attend.
Committee hearings will continue Monday.
A vote could end up on the House floor Tuesday night.
If you're interested in taking part and heading to austin next week, here's what you need to know.
For Monday's rally: The group will gather at the state capitol prior to a 7 pm.
Pro-life attendees are encouraged to wear blue, and to bring snacks and water. People who are able to carpool are encouraged to do so, as parking is expected to be crowded. Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto located between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets at 12th and 13th streets. Metered parking is available throughout the capitol complex. Other parking garages are located at the Doubletree Hotel, 303 W. 15th Street, west of the Capitol; the Bob Bullock State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, north of the Capitol;
and the Wells Fargo parking garage, 400 W 15th St., west of the Capitol.
For Tuesday's rally: CLICK HERE
You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Laine says, right now (and things could change), they plan on leaving TK Gorman High School in Tyler at 7:00 am Tuesday.
They will be back Tuesday night.
Remember, this could change, so you're best bet is to email them and find out specifics.
More information can be found HERE as well.