Saturday, January 22, Texas Rally for Life to Draw Thousands at Capitol, Commemorate Roe v. Wade

The following release was sent in from Texas Alliance for Life PAC regarding the Texas Rally for Life:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will keynote the Texas Rally for Life on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the state Capitol in Austin. An anticipated crowd of more than 3,000 pro-life Texans will meet at 1 p.m. at 17th & Congress and march to the South Steps of the State Capitol, where the program will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. (The photo at right is from the 2010 Texas Rally for Life.)

Additional information is available at www.TexasRallyforLife.org.

The annual Texas Rally for Life commemorates the tragic January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. This decision has resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million innocent unborn children and harm to countless women in America. There are more than 81,000 abortions per year in Texas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The event will also promote the Sonogram Bill in the Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 16 and House Bill 201) to give a woman considering abortion the right to see the image of her unborn child and to hear the heartbeat. The bill also addresses loopholes in the current state law used by abortion providers to prevent women from receiving state-created materials about the risks of abortion to the women, the characteristics of the unborn child, and compassionate alternatives to abortion.

Perry has signed more pro-life bills into law than any other Texas governor. Joining Perry on the program are:

  • State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), author of Senate Bill 16, the Sonogram Bill in the Senate 
  • State Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria), author of House Bill 201, the Sonogram Bill the House 
  • Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life 
  • Terry Williams, CareNet 
  • The Most Joe Vasquez, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Austin 
  • The Rev. Trey Kent, of Northwest Fellowship in Austin

More than 20 pro-life organizations from across the state form a Host Committee to put on the Texas Rally for Life. Many of them provide direct assistance to mothers experiencing unplanned or crisis pregnancies.

"The Texas Rally for Life sends the message that Texas is pro-life," says Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, one of the organizations on the Host Committee. "We support overturning Roe v. Wade. Until that day comes, we support pro-life state laws like the Sonogram Bill. Women considering abortion deserve the right to fully informed consent, including a sonogram."

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