AUSTIN -- As closing arguments wrapped up on the Senate floor, pro-choice demonstrators significantly outnumbered their pro-life counterparts outside the capitol.
Hundreds marched from the dome to republic square park. After a rally in the park, the group marched back to the capitol to greet democratic leaders.
"I feel terrible about the bill passing but I'm also excited that so many people are out here showing their opposition to the bill and it makes me feel like maybe in the future we'll be able to accomplish something by fighting this legislation," said Emily Powell, pro-choice protester.
Earlier Friday, pro-choice and pro-life groups mingled inside the capitol rotunda.
"A lot of the Christians do not show up and that's really not a good thing," said John Gonzales, pro-life supporter.
Those who did show up wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
"We support life and we think that it's important to Texas, it's important to the nation and we're here to support life any way, shape or form that we can," said Fort Hood resident Wayne Butler.
It's a debate that reaches for beyond Texas. In 2013, 17 other states have passed new measures impacting abortions, meaning the debate is not slowing down any time soon.
"I think we better get on the right path because I think we're going to be doomed as a nation if we keep going down this path because obviously if procreation stops, life ends." said Butler.