Both sides of abortion debate rally at the Capitol


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 7:52 AM

AUSTIN --  More than 1,000 protesters opposing a controversial abortion bill marched down Congress Avenue Monday night, but while the crowd was still gathering, it was a battle of the signs between those against the bill and those in favor.

“Us being here today continues to show how important it is that we fight this,” said Sarah Clark, who is against the bill.

"I’m standing up for somebody that doesn't have a voice today -- for the unborn,” said Mary Miller who supports Senate Bill 5.

Miller drove for hours to stand up for her beliefs. “I don't live in Austin, so this is the first time I’ve been down here."

Dozens just like her drove from all over the state.

"We’re with Pro-Choice Aggies, and we want to show that the parts of the state that people assume are super conservative or against abortion are not, obviously,” said Athena Mason.

Andrew Koch drove from San Antonio to Austin Monday night to show support for the abortion bill.

“Every opportunity needs to be taken to save that life," he said.

Protesters and supporters at Monday night's rally told KVUE they will continue to be a presence at the Capitol until they say their voice is heard.

“We'll come here every time if it needs to be done, because we don't want this kind of stuff to happen,” said Mason.

“I will continue to be here until they make a decision on it,” said bill protester Sarah Clark.

“People are willing to come out and make the drive to stand-up for what they believe in, and I think that's something we haven't seen in a while,” said Koch.

“Regardless of what you believe, it's time to come out and stand for what you believe."

They'll continue to make a stand one sign, march and cheer at a time.


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