Pro-life supporters showed up to protest at a Planned Parenthood event in North Austin Sunday evening. Members of the Austin and Waco pro-life community gathered outside the Renaissance Hotel at the Arboretum where an annual Planned Parenthood fundraising dinner was taking place. They brought signs and handed out fliers to raise awareness of their opposition to Planned Parenthood for the group's role in providing abortions.
"We want to educate people," says pro-life advocate Susan Parker. "We want to be a presence. We want to let Planned Parenthood know that we are not going away. We have to stand behind what we believe in and the organizations that support families, women and children."
According to Planned Parenthood, proceed's from the fundraiser go toward healthcare and education services in Central and North Texas. "We've got about 900 folks here with us tonight, big community supporters. We'll probably raise almost three quarters of a million dollars tonight and that will go directly to helping our centers provide the services they do," says Sarah Wheat with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.
New abortion restrictions in Texas recently went into effect after being upheld by a federal appeals court. Planned Parenthood is asking the Supreme Court to put the restrictions on hold and says more than a third of the clinics in Texas, including one in Austin, have been forced to stop providing abortions.