Updated 01/28/2013 10:03 AM
Lawmakers tout anti-abortion efforts at 'Rally for Life'
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People against abortion continue their fight 40 years after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade. Many opposed to abortion said they are making headway in Texas, but believed more can be done.
Thousands of anti-abortion advocates spanned several city blocks Saturday afternoon at the ‘Rally for Life’ march. Jeff Kibodeaux, of Tomball, Texas, felt the crowd is bigger than he's ever seen.
"[The crowd is] more enthusiastic,” Kibodeaux said. “Last year, it seemed a little more somber and quiet."
Kibodeaux came with his wife, Karen, and their daughters to the annual rally.
"Many years ago, I had gone to a couple of pro-life things,” Karen Kibodeaux said. “It was older people, and they were all angry. There was a different atmosphere of the pro-life movement."
Some of the state's top leaders touted efforts they have led in recent years to discourage abortions in Texas. Gov. Rick Perry said expectant mothers have other options.
"Using the adoption process and community support, we can ensure that each and every child is born to a loving home," he said.
State records show Texas had 77,592 abortions in 2010. More than 80-percent of the patients were not married. Perry said he expects the state’s abortion rate to sharply drop in the coming years.
"We believe with all of our hearts that unborn children deserve the respect of recognition before their lives are tragically cut short," Perry said.
A law passed in 2011 requires Texas doctors to perform a sonogram prior to a scheduled abortion.
"On one day, in an abortion clinic this year, nine women in one day who came in for an abortion saw the sonogram and changed their mind," said Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Texas Senate District 7.
That encourages abortion opponents like Jeff Kibodeaux.
"I'm so glad that they are able to see that, and then they can make a choice,” he said. “It seems like it is turning more and more to keeping the baby."
Perry asked state lawmakers to send him a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. However, he did not declare at the rally that what he calls the "fetal pain bill" would be an emergency item.