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'Texas Rally for Life' draws demonstrators to State Capitol

The "Life Caravan" is in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, which was decided on Jan. 22, 1973.

AUSTIN, Texas — The 2021 Texas Rally for Life was held at the Texas State Capitol on Saturday afternoon.

The "Life Caravan" is in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, which was decided on Jan. 22, 1973. 

The landmark Supreme Court decision ruled the U.S. Constitution protects a woman's right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

The event began at 1:30 p.m. and continued until 4 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the caravan were asked to gather at the designated parking garages near the Capitol at 14th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Vehicles were expected to be dispatched from the garages starting at 1:30 p.m. to start the 30-minute loop around the city and around the Texas Capitol perimeter.

WATCH: Texas Rally for Life 2021 held at State Capitol

Starting at 2 p.m., a livestream began from a stage within sight of the Capitol. Those continuing to caravan can listen to the event's broadcast on The Bridge at 101.1 FM and 1120 AM.

A recorded message from Gov. Greg Abbott was shown and a special proclamation was read. Other notable speakers included State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), Bishop Joe Vasquez with the Catholic Diocese of Austin and Abby Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood

Participating organizations included the Texas Alliance for Life, Young Conservatives of Texas and dozens of others.

The Texas Handmaids, a pro-choice nonprofit organization, were counter-protesting the Texas Rally for Life on Saturday.

WATCH: Texas Handmaids protest Texas Rally for Life

On Friday, the White House released a statement regarding the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, saying in part, "We are deeply committed to making sure everyone has access to care – including reproductive health care – regardless of income, race, zip code, health insurance status or immigration status."

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