This Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Austin, Texas, to participate in the annual “Rally for Life” march, expressing their pro-life stance and advocating to keep abortion “outside the borders” of the conservative state. Self-proclaimed pro-life activists marched from downtown Austin to the state Capitol, praying and holding signs with slogans like “Let their hearts beat” and “Pray to end abortion.”
Haywood Robinson, a representative of the “40 Days for Life” organization, emphasized, “We stand at our border and tell baby killers: stay away from our free state of Texas. Stay out of our borders.”
The march coincides with the celebration of the 2022 ruling, when the conservative-majority Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, allowing each state to legislate on abortion. In Texas, a total abortion ban has been implemented, prompting a focus on supporting women with unplanned or challenging pregnancies.
The controversy over abortion has gained prominence in the presidential elections, with President Joe Biden positioning the right to abortion as a central issue in his campaign against Republican favorite Donald Trump. The march reflects the persistent division in American society on the issue, with the majority of the population expressing support for voluntary pregnancy termination, according to polls.