AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands took over the state capitol Saturday for the 2018 Texas Rally for Life. The goal was to draw attention to the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade.
Gov. Greg Abbott served as the keynote speaker and praised the passage of 10 anti-abortion bills at the state house in the last year. Abbott said because of their efforts there were 9,000 fewer abortions in Texas last year compared to the previous year.
“We will continue to defend the unborn. We will continue to give a voice to the voiceless. And we will fortify the culture of life in Texas,” he told the crowd. “Working together, we will keep Texas the most pro-life state in the United States of America, and we will give every child a chance at life.”
Gov. Abbott said he will continue to work to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
A smaller counter protest was also held. They showed up with signs, and several wore handmaids robes in a nod to Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The rallies remained peaceful, and no arrests were made.