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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 12:15am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Hundreds crowded the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday morning to make their voices heard to leaders about what's become quite the controversial set of abortion bills.
Now, that fire has spread to El Paso.
The pro-choice group known as "Stand with Texas Women" rallied outside the El Paso County Courthouse Monday evening, decked in orange and armed with signs.
"Would you prefer to have an abortion or have the child and then let it starve to death?" said Ruth Williams, Precinct Chair for Precinct 105.
"A woman should only become a mother when she wants to become a mother, and is ready to be a mother," said Connie Crawford.
El Paso County Judge, Veronica Escobar, among others, spoke in support of those who demand the right to choose.
"As men, we have no right at all to tell a woman what she can do with her body or her soul," said Glenn Maya.
Texas Governor Rick Perry disagrees.
He's a strong supporter of the bills that want to deny abortions to women after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Back in El Paso, while the pro-choice rally stood strong, opponents weren't shy to stand right there with them.
"With abortion, there are really two victims -- there's the woman that undergoes the abortion and then there is the child who is aborted. So, I actually care just as much about women as I do about unborn children," said Courtney Brown.
"It's definitely their bodies, but there's a 50 percent chance that the body inside of her is a woman. Where are her rights?" said Gabriella Federico.
"It's a baby that they're chopping up. At least choose adoption or something. I mean, that's selfish," said Cynthia Herrera.
If either the House or Senate abortion bill is passed, they would close all but five abortion clinics in the state.
The Texas House is scheduled to debate and vote on their version tomorrow.