Members of the local 40 Days for Life organization gathered in front of the Women's Health Center at 67th and Indiana on Sunday to show their support for Texas' new abortion laws.
Organization members and people from the community cheered, took photos and hugged one another in front of signs that read Planned Parenthood.
"We're called to stand-up for the dignity of human life," said Krysten Haga, the campaign director for the local chapter of 40 Days for Life. "We believe that life starts at the moment of conception and it should be protected, from conception until natural death."
According to their website, 40 Days for Life is a "focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion."
Sunday was the end of their fall campaign that began on Sept. 25.
"On a personal level, my mom was a teenage mother and considered abortion," Haga said. "Had it not been for people praying for her and looking out for her, I could not be here."
After last week's decision that allowed the new abortion law to stand while a lawsuit against it moves forward, around half of the abortion clinics in the state were closed.
The clinic in Lubbock was bought by Generation Healthcare. They told KCBD on Friday that abortions are not part of the healthcare they provide.
"We're seeing women having to scramble to access safe, legal abortion care," said Heather Busby. She is the executive director with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. "Our biggest fear is that women are going to take matters into their own hands and that we may see what happened prior to 1973 with women self-aborting and harming themselves."
Busby says the closest abortion clinics for women in West Texas now are El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio.
"The damage, unfortunately, has been done, and it's going to be a long road back, but we are not giving up the fight," Busby said. "Anyone who celebrates this is celebrating harm to women. They clearly do not understand how this will affect women, particularly the most vulnerable women in our state, and it's despicable."
Busby said she feels this the politicians shouldn't be telling women what to do with their bodies.
"This is a gross infringement upon Texans' rights to make their own individual decisions regarding the most personal, private medical decision they face," she said.
Haga strongly disagrees:
"It's not their body. It's a life inside of them. A baby in the womb has its own separate DNA and it has all its vital organs by about 8 weeks when most babies are aborted, so it's no way part of the woman's body, it's just growing inside of her."
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