The bill is not popular even among anti-abortion groups. The Texas Alliance for Life says the bill goes against precedent, as the state didn’t prosecute any women for having an abortion before it was legalized. Meanwhile, Texans for Life says it opposes the bill because it punishes women.
“I’ve had a friend whose experienced two abortions,” Joy Yates, a participant of the march, said. “Just to see the devastation over the course of her life from a young woman in her 20’s who had an abortion to now, it has just been heartbreaking to see the loss that she feels.”
“When any woman goes into a doctor’s office, the doctor says congratulations you are pregnant with a baby,” Pojman said. “That is the way doctor’s talk to women who are pregnant and that’s the kind of language the brochure uses, and so we think that’s a strong point.”
The executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life says he’d prefer to see people donate to organizations that provide what he called “compassionate alternatives to abortion.” But the pro-life group has not seen an increase in donors; however, they are loing forward to the upcoming legislative session.
“We want to protect every unborn child from abortion but the Supreme Court obviously, severely ties the hands of the legislature so we can only do what’s possible,” said Pojman.
Julia Burns told the committee, “I have Down Syndrome. I was born with it. I am also, as you can see, a person. Period.” As she spe those powerful words, the committee appeared surrounded by spectators with disabilities, who believed perhaps, “there but for the grace of God I might have been aborted”.