Protesters show disapproval of abortion bill

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Updated: 7/02/2013 12:27 am
There was a mix of mostly pro-choicers and even a few pro-lifers who spent a few hours at the intersection of 19th and University Monday sending a message to Austin. Louise Sanders and Lexi Gomez were two of the protesters.

"There is a substantial group of women who think this legislation is wrong. It's wrong, it's wrong." Sanders said.

Men and women in Lubbock busted out the markers and poster board to protest senate bill 5. It's a package of bills, now before the second special session, that would most likely close many of the abortion clinics in Texas, including the one in Lubbock. It would also ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"I should decide what happens to my body, not some man that I don't know." Gomez said.

Protesters, who were clearly passionate about their cause, thought it was high time women in West Texas speak up. Passerbys honking to show support proved they weren't alone. Kristyn Smith organized the event.

"In a place that is as highly religiously populated as we are it is often that women feel like they can't speak their rights or can't speak their mind or can't stand up for themselves." Smith said.

It wasn't just about showing enthusiasm for women's rights. Protesters were out there to show that women of West Texas need to understand what is going on in Austin and how it directly affects them.

"If even one person drives by and goes home and Googles it or talks to someone about it or asks a question then I feel like my job has been done. Regardless of your stance on abortion specifically, there's not a single person in west Texas. A single woman in Texas that shouldn't know what's going on in Politics right now." Smith added.

Krysten Haga is of the Nurturing Center in Lubbock.

"No matter what side you're on, I think it's important to take a stand. And I think it's important that everyone's informed." She said.

But she's worried people aren't getting the facts right about senate bill 5 and that concerns her. She believes the bill is trying to increase safety for women.

"We're not out to take away their rights. We're trying to protect them. And of course, trying to protect the unborn." She said.

Although the opinions on abortion can often be extremely divided, protesters and the opposition both agreed that educating women is the key for their health and their ability to make decisions.
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