A bill to restrict abortions in the state of Texas passed the house yesterday and is scheduled for the Senate today.
An email from Students for Life America said that pro-choice supporters are rallying in great numbers and are ready to fight with pro-life supporters. Abby Johnson got a warning from some concerned abortion clinic workers that they have heard the pro-choice side is prepared to be violent, get arrested, and demonstrate in the gallery as well. Other reports say that they are planning to "flash" their female body parts from the gallery as a protest against the passing of this bill.
As Kristan Hawkins wrote in her email, this is a spiritual battle. The pro-life students have been barred from using showers at the YMCA in Austin, their bus broke down, one of their rental vehicles was hit, and some are ill. Lack of sleep and being outside for 12 hours in 100 degree heat is exhausting the ranks. But they intend to rally strong and stand outside the Senate until this bill is passed, something that Governor Rick Perry has promised.
The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks in the state of Texas and will demand that all abortion clinics have access to hospital emergency care within 30 miles. This will effectively close down the majority of abortion clinics in the state, since they don't meet these requirements. Those who oppose the bill are defending abortion even if it endangers women's lives.
There will be a real showdown today and I find it particularly interesting that it is taking place in Texas, a real Bible belt state. The city of Austin is very liberal compared with the rest of Texas and the pro-choice supporters there today are not representative of the general Texas population.
I found a link to a webcam in the Senate in Austin. I will be checking back regularly to see if anything is streamed live; so far, only video from yesterday is available.