AUSTIN (KXAN) - Even though hundreds testified during the abortion debate, abortion rights activists say too many people have been turned away.
Planned Parenthood and several Democratic senators are taking their message on the road.
A burnt orange tour bus with the words "Stand With Texas Women" plastered across the side was parked in front of the State Capitol Tuesday morning.
"Those in control of the Capitol need to stop, think and listen to the people of Texas," said Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
He will step on board with Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, community leaders and doctors for a week long tour that makes its first stop in Houston Tuesday night.
"I fear that our current leaders have given up on Texas and now they're just looking out for themselves," Davis said.
The Senate Democratic Caucus also wants to spread awareness about a group of bills filed last week they say would reduce the number of abortions and unplanned pregnancies in the state while maintaining women's access to healthcare.
The bills aim to give teen moms 15 years and older the legal ability to get their own contraception. A couple of the bills would also overhaul sex education programs across the state to include scientifically verified research and information about birth control instead of only teaching abstinence which many Texas schools do now.
Pro-life groups were also on hand before the bus rolled away to reinforce their message about Planned Parenthood.
"We want to put out the word that it's not just women's health services that they provide," said Alexa Coombs, with Students For Life Of America.
The passage of the Democratic bills are a long shot, but Davis and Watson say at least they are laying the groundwork for future conversations.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.