The battle over reproductive rights in Texas is still raging. This past Monday night drew dueling demonstrations at the capitol over SB1, a strict bill that would severely limit abortions in the state of Texas. The bill’s author, State Senator Glenn Hegar, rejected exceptions for rape and incest or for women with pre-existing psychological conditions. One of the major sticking points in this bill is whether a 20-week fetus can feel pain.
The demonstration was a who's-who of pastors and politicians, some of which are still holding office. Other speakers included abortion rights activists who marched down Congress Avenue in Austin with the message that women’s rights are under attack, and they need to stand up and fight back.
Eight hours into testimony, state senators were still hearing testimony from the public on both sides of the issue. As many as 1,700 people signed up to testify, lining up and stating they would not take a break until all of them were heard.
A Fox News affiliate in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area reported that the testimony was pretty evenly divided among those for and against the bill.
Here is a video of some of the demonstration activities, including some pro-birth advocates supporting the bill. Harsh words were spoken by Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, who shouted at the 1:45 mark,
"Anyone who opposes this bill, whether he or she realizes it, is a tool of Satan being used by Satan to accomplish Satan’s purpose of death."
Michelle Duggar, the mother of nineteen children, also attended, and said at the 2:10 mark of the video,
"There is a baby holocaust taking place where doctors and nurses are being paid to take the lives of innocent, unborn children."
Inside the venue, those opposing the bill asked questions such as,
“At what cost to you sell the women of Texas down the river?”
“If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights.”
Two weeks earlier, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis of Ft. Worth helped prevent the original bill from passing after an 11 hour filibuster.
Here is the video: