AUSTIN, TX – Peaceful pro-life advocates demonstrated at the Texas State Capitol Saturday in Austin in support of the new Texas Heartbeat Law, which was signed by Governor Abbott on May 19. The pro-life demonstration took place concurrent with a large, pro-abortion protest of the Law organized by Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion allies.
During the demonstration, outraged protestors interacted with the peaceful pro-life advocates. In one instance, a pro-abortion protester confronted the pro-lifers, screaming obscenities at Sarah Zarr, Texas and Southern Regional Manager for SFL/SFLAction, who organized the Heartbeat Celebration. The woman accused Zarr of being “a murderer” multiple times.
“We frequently encounter emotional abortion supporters,” said Zarr, “many of whom have likely been hurt by abortion experiences in their own lives. We pray for them to find peace and to demonstrate mutual respect for us as we do for them.”
In the lead-up to the rally, Zarr observed: “Texans look with renewed hope to the future, as should all Americans, bolstered by the knowledge that the Supreme Court will soon hear the most important abortion case since Planned Parenthood v. Casey.” Pro-life advocates know that the fight to abolish abortion will not be without confrontation and heated emotion, but Zarr hopes that abortion supporters will make space for dialogue in the midst of pro-life victories. “We know that The Future Is Anti-Abortion. We envision that future in everything we do, and work toward the day when every human life is celebrated both inside and outside the womb."
Rally speakers included Sarah Zarr, Students for Life of America/Students for Life Action; Senator Bryan Hughes, Heartbeat Bill Champion; Jason Jones, Movie To Movement; Rebecca Parma, Texas Right to Life; Allan Parker, Justice Foundation; Jason Vaughn, Young Republicans; Rachel Schroder, Students for Life of America; Heather Gardner, Central Texas Coalition; Joe Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life; Abby Johnson, And Then There Were None; and Mary Elizabeth Castle, Texas Values.