AUSTIN (KXAN) - A large lunchtime abortion rally lasted into the evening hours Monday as pro choice supporters took to the streets of downtown Austin.
A march stretching about a mile long started and ended on the south side of the Capitol.
The majority of those walking and chanting phrases like "Kill the Bill" and "Who's Choice? My Choice" stood against new abortion restrictions that would ban the procedure after the 20th week of pregnancy and force clinics to meet tough new standards.
Those on the other side made an appearance dressed in blue and recited prayers while walking through the crowd.
"Our goal is to be there with a prayerful presence," said Thomas Umstattd with the Austin chapter of Bound4Life, a pro life non-profit. "These are exciting times, this is a battle over the soul of Texas."
But in the battle, how much power do the people really have?
"Clearly the Republicans have the numbers in the House and the Senate for the bill to pass," said former state representative Sherri Greenberg who is with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
But Greenberg believes their efforts that have garnered national attention are not wasted.
"It's a form of civic engagement," said Greenberg. "It is the backbone of our country."
Engagement she believes could ultimately reshape the wording of the abortion bill.
"It remains to be seen what the final language will be," she said.
A large crowd is expected again Tuesday as committee hearings begin.
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