Thousands converge on capitol for anti-abortion rally

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by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News

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Posted on January 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 28 at 11:10 PM

AUSTIN -- Crowds carried hundreds of signs in protest of abortion as they marched up Congress Avenue. For decades the Texas Rally for Life has brought people from all across the state to the steps of the capitol.

The Texas Rally for Life brought close to 3,000 people marching through downtown Austin Saturday afternoon.

Crowds listened as anti-abortion leaders urged them to spread their message to everyone.

Keynote speaker Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained how he learned the beauty of life when he lost the ability to walk.

Those who took part said the polarizing issue of abortion should not be approached with hate, but with love.

"Being Pro-Life is just such a blessing and seeing how much love we have for everyone -- even after they have an abortion," Elise Bockover said. "We're still here for them, and I want people to know that -- we're here for them always."

The date of this year's rally added significance to everyone. Late January marked the anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the landmark decision legalizing abortion in 1973.

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