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 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.

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I'd like to see a bill banning Viagra unless you are married and have an affidavit from your spouse that you are trying to procreate. And if you are over 50, you are prohibited from obtaining the prescription under any circumstances.

Wonderful Right slant on this. Nothing quite like fair and impartial reporting.

The real story here is that 15% of the pregnancies in Texas in 2009 ended in abortion. The poverty and fear that cause 74,000 women to choose an abortion is the real social issue. It is a failure of churches to minister. Another problem is that 57% of those abortions were performed on women age 20-29. Abortion is being used as birth control, by women old enough to know better. You can argue with the CDC about the facts.

Some of your comments are well-stated, but the line "by women old enough to know better" is
insulting and demeaning. If you don't want an abortion, then don't have one or get someone pregnant. But lay off telling other people what to do.

Tonks, birth control for men is basically a condom or a vasectomy. The facts are that not all doctors perform vasectomies on demand. I was 27 when I had mine and the doctor that performed it usually didn't perform them on patients my age, due to his own moral and ethical beliefs.
A 20 year old person is responsible for knowing how to prevent pregnancy. 15% of total pregnancies ending in abortion indicates irresponsibility. But 42 clinics down to 5 clinics, for 13 million women is a big deal.

Several points are to be made here. Pastor Cummins, you should get back to the work you claim to be called to do. If you didn't know, it is preaching The Gospel. All the rest of you protesters; you need to remember your calling. Paul said that you are NOT to judge those in the World, but only to judge those in the church. (I Cor. 5:12-13) So shut up and begin to live a holy life. True Christians are not against anything; they are FOR Jesus Christ. Now there's a unique thought.

I've always felt that if someone is against abortions then don't have one, plain and simple. But don't be telling other people they can't have one. Republicans are always talking about how they are for personal freedom for everyone, well now is the time for them to put their money where their mouth is.

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