Abortion debate heating up again Monday morning at Capitol

Abortion debate heating up again Monday morning at Capitol

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It's one of the many issues that define the times we're living in -- abortion.  And the battle over House Bill 2 continues Monday morning at the Capitol.

If it passes, the bill would ban abortions at 20 weeks instead of 24 and require abortions to be preformed in ambulatory surgical centers.  There are only five in Texas.

Heather Busby is a pro-choice advocate with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.  She says she's not looking to change the opinions of those who are pro-life.

"I would just ask that they respect my beliefs in the same way that I respect theirs and they not try and push their personal moral beliefs onto me through legislation," Busby said.

Pro-life supporter Joe Pojman with Texas Alliance for Life helped put the bill together.

"We want to see the State of Texas protect unborn children at least after 5 months of pregnancy.  That's when we have a very large baby who can clearly feel pain of abortion," Pojman said.

In the first special session, the bill was filibustered for nearly 13 hours by Democratic Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth.
  
She was joined by thousands who cheered so loudly, lawmakers were unable to pass the last minute vote.

"It came right down to the wire and we think that there was a really...well described as an angry mob that really prevented the legislative process from happening as these elected officials are elected to do," Pojman said.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee meets Monday morning at 10.

That means folks from both sides will be taking over the Capitol again.

Busby says the orange-colored pro-choice crowd will be well represented.

"We've had a growing movement.  We had more than 2,100 people sign up against the house bill which was heard last Tuesday and we expect similar numbers if not more for this bill," Busby said.

Busby says she'll be helping feed the masses and she'll also be sharing the testimony of a woman who used to be an active pro-life advocate.

"And now finds herself in a very heartbreaking situation where she is choosing to have an abortion for the sake of her children and because of that she now realizes the need for safe, legal, accessible abortion and regrets those protests," Busby said.

Monday night on the Capitol steps, Pojman says there will be a pro-life rally.

"Governor [Mike] Huckabee is coming for that.  I think we're going to have a lot of our legislators and I think that Governor Perry is going to be speaking also, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst," Pojman said.

"The anti-choice side is busing people from all over the country, non-Texans to come to a rally that also features non-Texans such as Mike Huckabee," Busby said.

Pojman says he's not sure about busing people from all over the country but he says those blue-colored pro-life Texans will be making the journey to Austin.

"If you go to our Facebook event page, we've got a place where people are just on their own organizing car pools from many places in Texas to come here.  I have heard of about 60 students from "Students for Life" coming here to help in any way they can," Pojman said.

Pojman says tomorrow night, their big pro-life rally will be on the Capitol steps starting at 7.

He's hoping the house will take up the bill for discussion on Tuesday.

Pro-Choice supporters will be rallying all day beginning at 7am.

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