On Tuesday the Texas House held a public hearing on the controversial abortion bill that would make it more difficult for women to get an abortion in Texas.
The hearing started at 3:30 PM and was scheduled to end at midnight.
Halfway through the evening, at least 2000 people had signed up to speak during the hearing.
Many people at the Capitol simply came to be seen, but many others were there to express their anger or share their story.
With the hearing scheduled to end at midnight, it was understood that not everyone would get to speak. As a result open areas in the Capitol became places for people to share their opinions. Those who did get to speak made passionate arguments for and against the divisive issue.
The bill would ban abortions after 5 months and raise the standards for clinics and the doctors that work in them.
As the night wore on the crowd continued to grow. Pro-choice lawmakers seized on a section of the bill requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. It was described as a back door to an all out ban on abortion.
A vote was expected shortly after midnight that would pass the measure to the house floor.