By: KVUE staff

AUSTIN, Texas — Thousands of demonstrators took part in Austin’s annual Texas Rally for Life on Saturday afternoon.

The anti-abortion rally kicked off around 1 p.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard in Downtown Austin, with a march to the Capitol.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crowd size was between 5,000 and 6,000 people. Around 5,000 people attended the event last year.

By: Luis de Leon

Some pro-life advocates believe the money should be spent differently.

“There are some 23 wonderful agencies in the greater Austin area that help a woman who has a crisis pregnancy with alternatives to abortion, including adoption,” said Joe Pojman, executive director for Texas Alliance for Life. “We would like the council to consider spending money on compassionate alternatives to abortion.”

By: Molly Oak

AUSTIN – Officials said thousands of people showed up to the 2018 Texas Rally for Life on Saturday.

The rally commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, which legalized aborting throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

“It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and since then Texas has become the national leader in defending life,” said Governor Abbott. “As Governor, I will fight for every child to have a chance at life. I thank our legislative leaders who work to pass laws that protect life, and so many Texans who continue to give a voice to the voiceless and fortify the culture of life in this state.”

People came from all over Texas to show their commitment to protecting the rights of unborn children.

“I believe in justice for all people, and I think it’s a crime that innocent babies can be killed. We shouldn’t be killing people just because they’re smaller than us, just because they don’t have a voice,” said Brian McAeliffef.

Governor Abbott proclaimed Jan. 22 as Sanctity of Life Day in Texas.

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