Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, and while the steps outside the Supreme Court were covered with protestors, those in Lubbock chose to paint a more quiet picture.
A local abortion alternative group, The Nurturing Center, is taking a slightly different route than a protest, by remembering the anniversary with a memorial. Representatives said there have been 54 million abortions since that 1973 ruling, including more than 40,000 here in Lubbock.
"We are here in solidarity with the victims of this barbaric state of affairs, and united in our resolve to pursue full legal recognition of the right of life of every unborn child," Volunteer Sandy Cisneros said.
The memorial prayer vigil will be held Thursday at The Nurturing Center, located at 3306 67th Street. It will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring candles, flowers, balloons, cards, etc.
Meanwhile, along with many other states, anti-abortion groups in Texas are working to pass legislation to make it even harder to have an abortion.
Governor Rick Perry has told lawmakers he expects more restrictive abortion laws during the current session. He has indicated support for a prospective fetal pain bill, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Lubbock State Representative John Frullo said that legislation is being drafted.
"I believe that Texas Right to Life is working on the language," Frullo said. "As I said, I have not seen anything yet. Once that bill gets filed, I would then look at it and see what it has as far as its merits and how it's written."
Current state law bans abortion after 24 weeks.