When the Texas State Senate passed HB2 on Friday night, banning abortions after 20 weeks (when pre-born children have been scientifically proven to feel pain) and instituting regulations on abortion facilities that will bring them up to par with other surgical centers across the state, the scene outside the Senate chamber was chaotic. Abortion rights activists had descended upon the state capitol for a protest that became about much more than just one bill. Even Occupy Austin had joined the fray for demonstrations that, as our team witnessed, went far beyond the control of Planned Parenthood and NARAL.
The crowds started gathering very early in the morning, with some people lining up for access to the Senate gallery before 5 AM. The building became a sea of orange shirts (abortion activists) and blue shirts (pro-lifers). The abortion activists had come to the capitol ready for a fight.
Throughout the day, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) confiscated jars of urine, feces and paint, as well as bricks from the pro-aborts. Like small children, they were going to throw their waste at people who disagreed with them and at law makers who were planning to vote to protect the preborn. They passed around sharpies so they could write a lawyer’s phone number on their bodies for when they were arrested. The rotunda in the middle of the building became the focal point of protests and filled up with orange shirts as the final vote came closer.
The sound in the rotunda was like nothing we have had ever heard before. It was inhuman, almost demonic. They chanted slogans like, “Whose choice? My choice” and “Pray, You’ll Need It, Your Cause will be Defeated” while periodically breaking into primal screams that echoed around us. As we watched from the top floor with a group of pro-life students, surrounded by a deluge of orange shirts, we could see DPS officers move into the crowd below to remove the blue shirts that had been peacefully praying amongst the crush of angry protesters.
DPS had determined that the rotunda was no longer safe for pro-lifers. The capitol was on lock down. No one else was allowed in. Officers blocked entrances to the rotunda on the first and second floors. News from outside was that a large mob of pro-aborts was gathering. Reports were coming in that they were planning demonstrations on all four sides of the capitol. Rumors swirled about disturbances and weapons outside. At one point, one of the students on the Students for Life #Stand4Life Bus Tour was shoved hard by pro-aborts as he was trying to film what was going on. Chaos Reigned.
As the situation grew uglier, DPS directed all pro-lifers to leave the rotunda for their own safety. The mob did not care for or respect the well-being of anyone wearing blue. Pro-life senators and representatives were offering their offices as safe places for us. Most of the Students for Life of America students and staff had already left the rotunda. And as our team directed the retreat, some of our staff found themselves stranded on the top floor with a few students, looking for a way out. They took the elevator to the bottom two floors, but found their paths blocked both times and had to ascend back up to the top of the building. They then found a side staircase that brought them down to the ground floor. But, as they rounded the final curve to the landing, they stopped dead in their tracks; they were again confronted by a sea of orange shirts.
Confident in the presence of news cameras to keep them safe, our team managed to slide along the railing, cut through the swarm of angry pro-aborts and escape behind them. Texas Representative Bryan Hughes offered our team and students safe haven in his office (guarded by DPS officers), where we gathered to watch the end of the debate and anxiously awaited the final, victorious vote on the Senate floor shortly after midnight.
The pro-aborts did not win this day. Not only did they lose the vote, but their antics cost them dearly in the court of public opinion. America has seen that the only way for abortion activists to get their way for the “right” to kill babies is to throw a giant temper tantrum.
Terror and mob rule will not intimidate the pro-life movement and will not change the minds of Americans that abortion is a human rights tradegy. The momentum from the victory in Texas will carry us into other states, marching forward until abortion is abolished. We fight for something greater than anger and hate. We fight for love and truth. And we will win.
See below some of the photos and videos our Students for Life #Stand4Life Bus Team took on Friday:
Pictures and Videos from Friday:
The #Stand4Life Team sings Amazing Grace while Pro-Aborts Yell
Pro-Abortion Protesters screaming while Students for Life Prays
Demonic Screaming in Texas Rotunda by pro-aborts
Pro-Abortion Protestors Screaming in the TX Rotunda
A Pro-Abortion Woman Screaming at one of our Students
Our Students Peacefully Witnessing Amid Chaos
Our #Stand4Life Bus Team Cheering After the Bill Finally Passes
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